II-124256 | Mme Jules Tessier, Miss Elodie Barnard and M. de Saint-Phalle as members of the "Lemoyne family of Longueuil," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898

 
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Mme Jules Tessier, Miss Elodie Barnard and M. de Saint-Phalle as members of the "Lemoyne family of Longueuil," costumed for Chateau de Ramezay Ball, Montreal, QC, 1898
Wm. Notman & Son
1898, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
II-124256
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  mixed (2246) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Keys to History

Miss Barnard posed for this photograph between her sister Frances (Mrs. Jules Tessier of Quebec City) and friend Mr. de Saint-Phalle. The three attended the Historical Fancy Dress Ball in Montreal in 1898 as part of the "Lemoyne Family of Longueuil" set. Both women appeared in family heirloom clothes and jewellery. Miss Barnard wore her dress over a chemise to make the very low neckline fashionable at the early part of the 19th century more modest in keeping with fashions of the 1890s .

Miss Barnard's dress is in the McCord collection; Mrs. Tessier's is as yet undiscovered in any museum. The information that the dress had been worn by Miss Barnard had been lost at the time it was donated in 1982, as had any provenance linking it to the Barnard family. This photograph established the connection.

  • What

    The two women are wearing garments belonging to their ancestors from about 1800-10.

  • Where

    The dress in the centre is in the McCord collection. The white dress on the left from the same time period has not yet been located.

  • When

    These garments had two lives, one around 1800-10, and one 90 years later, when the dresses were worn at the Historical Fancy Dress Ball in 1898.

  • Who

    Both women are daughters of Edmund Barnard, a Montreal lawyer. When Mrs. Tessier had her own portrait done, she wore the necklace seen here on Miss Barnard.