II-56376 | The Critics, Mr. Sandham and friends, Montreal, QC, 1880

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The Critics, Mr. Sandham and friends, Montreal, QC, 1880
Notman & Sandham
1880, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process ?
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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This is a picture of Henry Sandham, photographer William Notman's partner from 1877 to 1882, surrounded by his friends John Griffiths, Robert Harris, Thomas S. Scott and Napoléon Bourassa.

Henry Sandham was one of the best pupils of John Fraser, the first artistic director hired by Notman, whose influence is abundantly clear in his early work. Sandham was hired by the Notman studio in Montreal at the age of 18, around the time when Fraser joined the firm. Sandham worked at the studio for 20 years, becoming head of the art department when Fraser left for Toronto in 1868. In 1877, when he was thinking seriously about leaving the studio to devote himself to painting, an offer of partnership with Notman convinced him to stay. This arrangement lasted only until about 1882, however, when Sandham left for Boston, where he had a career as a prolific book illustrator. Sandham produced a huge amount of work, the quality and variety of which showed that he had profited from Fraser's lessons and gave an indication of his significance to the studio. Two such examples are the Skating Carnival from 1870 and the composite photograph of the Montreal Snowshoe Club from 1877. The latter picture, which shows over 300 members of the Montreal Snowshoe Club on the slopes of Mount Royal, won a silver medal and much critical praise at the World's Fair held in Paris in 1878.