II-55674.1 | Miss Anna and Miss Louisa Spence, Notman staff, Montreal, QC, 1880

 
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Miss Anna and Miss Louisa Spence, Notman staff, Montreal, QC, 1880
Notman & Sandham
February 17, 1880, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
8.5 x 5.6 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
II-55674.1
© McCord Museum
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The names Miss Louisa Spence and Miss Anna Spence appear in the Notman photography studio payroll book that is now in the Museum archives. The young women seen here would seem to be the Misses Spences.

Miss Annie (or Anna) Spence worked at the Notman studio, possibly as an artist, for almost two years. She was paid $8 every two weeks during that time. Her sister Louisa also worked at the studio. The two women may have been the daughters of John C. Spence, a stained glass artist. The John C. Spence Stained Glass studio was near the Notman studio on Bleury.
Miss Louisa Spence worked at the Notman studio, probably as an artist, for 15 years. During that time, her wages rose from $8 every two weeks to $12, and finally $15.