I-78010.1 | Masters George and William McF. Notman, Montreal, QC, 1872

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Masters George and William McF. Notman, 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.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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The name of George, William Notman's second son, first appeared in studio payroll records in 1884. George, not quite 16 at the time, had just returned from his first visit to the West during which he served as assistant to his brother William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913). In 1887, he represented the company at Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in London and, later that year, embarked on a second journey west during which he served again as his brother's assistant. When he left Montreal in the fall of 1890, George likely went to work in Boston. His name only appeared in that city's directory in 1892 when George was working with his cousin Annie at the Park Street studio. By then, he had taken the place of his brother Charles who had returned to the Montreal studio to join his oldest brother on the death of their father in 1891.

Some time after 1893, George left Boston to open a studio on Madison Avenue in New York. Of this period, little is known about George other than he would return to the Boylston Street studio in Boston in 1898. After moving back to Montreal in 1900, George abandoned photography altogether to become director of the Eclipse Acetylene Gas Company. He died in Montreal in 1921.

William McFarlane, the eldest son of William Notman, was born November 1, 1857. He became a partner in the company in 1882 before inheriting it outright on the death of his father in 1891. He named his brother Charles (1870-1955) a partner in approximately 1894. William McFarlane died May 1, 1913.