I-1519.1 | William Notman, photographer, Montreal, QC, 1861
William Notman, photographer, Montreal, QC, 1861
William Notman (1826-1891)
1861, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
William Notman (1826-1891) left Scotland for Montreal in 1856 and had established his photography studio before the end of the year. In 1860, Notman seized the opportunity of the Prince of Wales's visit to inaugurate the Victoria Bridge in order to promote his work internationally. He produced a selection of photographs and stereographs depicting the Victoria Bridge construction site, as well as cities and major geographical attractions of eastern and western Canada. The photographs were enclosed in a maple box fitted with silver mountings. This delighted Queen Victoria (1819-1901) so much that, according to the Notman family tradition, she named Notman "Photographer to the Queen."