I-13492 | Mrs. George Webber, Montreal, QC, 1864

Mrs. George Webber, Montreal, QC, 1864
William Notman (1826-1891)
1864, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  female (19035) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Supported by a hoop-framed crinoline, dome-shaped skirts attained maximum volume in the early 1860s. But fashion plates from 1862 and 1863 show the fullness beginning to sweep towards the back. Photos in the McCord's Notman Photographic Archives reveal that, in 1864, the majority of skirts were fuller in the back than in the front, to varying degrees. One example of this tendency is the dress worn by Mrs. George Webber on this calling card dated Spring-Summer 1864.

The sleeves of this dress are slightly curved to follow the shape of the arm, and the bodice dips to a point beneath the natural waistline.

The garments worn to sit for Notman photographs were very stylish, which makes these pictures excellent tools for the study of ladies' fashions in Montreal, and more generally in the Western world.