I-39914.1 | James Notman and lady, Montreal, QC, 1869

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James Notman and lady, Montreal, QC, 1869
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Born in Glasgow, James Notman arrived in Montreal with his family in 1859 at the age of 11. During his teens, James attended Montreal High School for at least one year before being hired by his brother's company at age 17. On two occasions, James' brother William Notman sent him from the Montreal studio to complete his training at one of several other company studios. Upon his return from the second of these year-long absences, James was given a significant pay raise. In 1870, he worked at the Ottawa studio with William Topley. In all likelihood, he worked at the Toronto studio during his first absence. By 1869, 20-year-old James had secured his position to the point where he was able to marry Pyra Baldwin and provide her with a honeymoon in Paris.

In 1872, James opened a new studio in Saint John, New Brunswick, an undertaking for which he may have received the financial support of his brother. He ran this studio until June 20, 1877 when a fire razed the entire downtown district and destroyed the studio. To indulge his passion for salmon fishing, James resettled in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1895. He led a quiet life with his wife until his death in 1932.