I-71700.1 | Preliminary sketch for Merchant of Venice composite, Montreal, QC, 1872

 
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Preliminary sketch for Merchant of Venice composite, Montreal, QC, 1872
William Notman (1826-1891)
1872, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-71700.1
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Art (2774) , composite (312) , Photograph (77678)
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The movement-exposure problem also affected the technique of making group photographs. If it was difficult to keep one person from moving, keeping several from moving over the same period of time was impossible, and there would have to be a posing stand for each member of the group. A hundred and fifty snowshoers on Mount Royal presented insuperable logistical problems. The solution was the composite, an early form of the cut-and-paste process now possible on computers. This is a sketch made by Notman's Art Department, showing the general layout of a planned composite of a school drama-class presentation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

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