II-24437.1 | Miss Legge, for a painted photograph, Montreal, QC, 1876

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Miss Legge, for a painted photograph, Montreal, QC, 1876
Notman & Sandham
1876, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  female (19035) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Because of the difficulty of taking pictures outside the studio, it was much easier to photograph outdoor scenes indoors. It was more comfortable for the client, and the circumstances were much more controllable for the photographer. Temperatures could be kept at a normal level, and there was no need to carry large amounts of supplies into the countryside. Here we see Miss Legge, leaning against a posing stand to keep her head and body from moving, with her scarf and skirt hem tied up with string, posed against one of Notman's painted winter backdrops.

Source : In the Eye of the Camera [Web tour], by Nora Hague, McCord Museum (see Links)