II-19937 | Group of dogs for Mr. Sandham, composite, QC, 1875

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Group of dogs for Mr. Sandham, composite, QC, 1875
William Notman (1826-1891)
1875, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Art (2774) , composite (312) , Photograph (77678)
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Many of Notman's customers, besides having their own portraits taken, brought their pets to the studio to be photographed. Among the animals photographed by Notman were dogs, cats, horses, parrots and even a skunk, but the vast majority of pets brought in were dogs. There were so many, in fact, that Henry Sandham, head of Notman's art department at the time, sorted through the picture-book records covering a period of fifteen years, chose photographs of twelve dogs, had new prints made from the glass negatives and assembled them into a composite. The resulting image with a painted background, after the style of Sir Edwin Landseer the Scottish painter, was a popular item for framing or inclusion in an album.