II-49521.1 | Misses Alice and Jessie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1878

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Misses Alice and Jessie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1878
Notman & Sandham
1878, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  group (610) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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This photograph portrays two of William Notman's daughters, Jessie Sloane and Alice Richenda.

Alice Richenda Notman (1863-1881) was the fourth child of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal, and Alice Merry Woodwark (1832-1906). Alice had six siblings: Frances Elizabeth (1855-1867); William McFarlane (1857-1913); Jessie Sloane (1859-1942); Emily Mary (1865-1946); George Richard Woodwark (1868-1921); and Charles Frederick (1870-1955).

At age 17, Alice succumbed to typhoid fever. She was the second daughter of the family to die, after Frances Elizabeth.

Jessie Sloane Notman (1859-1942) was the third child of William Notman and Alice Merry Woodwark (1832-1906). In 1884, Jessie married Henry Martyn Belcher (1856-1923) at St. Martin's Anglican Church in Montreal. Reverend Samuel Belcher, the father of the groom, celebrated the marriage.

Jessie and Henry had seven children: Frederick Gordon (1885-1970); Alice Dorothy (1887-1946); Henry Lawrence (1889-1946); Charles Stuart (1891-1917); Edith Constance (1893-1971); Leslie Kenneth (1895-1918); and William Vincent (1901-1957). Jessie Sloane was widowed in 1923 and died in 1942 at age 83.