II-189939 | William McFarlane Notman and sons, Montreal, QC, 1912

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William McFarlane Notman and sons, Montreal, QC, 1912
Wm. Notman & Son
1912, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
16 x 21 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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This photograph portrays William MacFarlane Notman alongside his three sons: Keith; Russell; and Wilfred.

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.

William Russell (1890-1916) was the eldest son of William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913). As a soldier in the First World War, William Russell was fatally wounded in the Battle of the Somme and died October 25, 1916. He was 26 years old and had never married. Barely four months earlier, William Russell's younger brother Wilfred McKenzie (1892-1916) had been killed in action during the Battle of Ypres.

In 1912, William McFarlane's youngest son Keith Claxton (1893-1985) 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).