II-147404 | Mrs. William McF. Notman and boys, Montreal, QC, 1903

Mrs. William McF. Notman and boys, Montreal, QC, 1903
Wm. Notman & Son
1903, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  mixed (2246) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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This photograph portrays Mrs. William McFarlane Notman, née Alice Maud Claxton, with her three sons: Russell; Keith; and Wilfred.

Alice Maud Claxton (1863-1960) was a daughter-in-law of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal. She was the wife of William McFarlane, the eldest son of William. They were married on September 20, 1888.

Alice and William McFarlane had three children: William Russell (1890-1916); Wilfred McKenzie (1892-1916); and Keith Claxton (1893-1985). Alice was widowed in 1913, three years before her two eldest sons were killed in action during the First World War. She lived several more decades before her death on September 13, 1960, at age 97.

In 1912, William McFarlane's youngest son Keith Claxton worked at the Notman photographic studio in Montreal for a period of four months. During that time, he was paid a twice-monthly salary of $10. According to studio payroll records, preserved in the Museum archives, he was hired as a photographer.

In 1927, Keith Notman married Catherine Lyall (1902-1932) with whom he would have two children, William Lyall Notman (1928-2000) and Catherine Ann Notman (1929- ). Catherine Lyall died in 1932 and Keith remarried in 1946 to the widow Ruth Catherine Ballentyne (?-1995).