II-52612.1 | Misses Jessie and Emma Notman and friends, Montreal, QC, 1879

Misses Jessie and Emma Notman and friends, Montreal, QC, 1879
Notman & Sandham
1879, 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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This photograph portrays two of William Notman's daughters, Emily (standing) and Jessie (seated on the ground), joined by two friends. The young girl on the right was an employee of the Notman photographic studio. The identity of the girl on the left is unknown, although she may have been a studio employee as well.

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

Emily died in Vancouver from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 81. She never married and had no children.

Jessie Sloane Notman was the third child of William Notman of Montreal. 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.