II-100243 | Mrs. Vaughan's drawing room, Montreal, QC, 1893

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Mrs. Vaughan's drawing room, Montreal, QC, 1893
Wm. Notman & Son
1893, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255)
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Keys to History

The notebook of the photographer Notman does not clearly identify who this Mrs. Vaughan was. She may have been the wife of C. A. Vaughan, a tea wholesaler, and she may have lived on Dorchester Street (today René-Lévesque). The more modest size and the decor of this drawing room tell us that Mrs. Vaughan belonged to the intermediate strata of the Montreal upper classes. Note the presence of the piano, an essential piece of furniture for the upper and middle classes during this period, and an instrument that every young woman from a good family had to master.