II-76923 | William McF. Notman, Emily Notman and Miss Alice Claxton, Montreal, QC, 1885

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William McF. Notman, Emily Notman and Miss Alice Claxton, Montreal, QC, 1885
Wm. Notman & Son
1885, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  mixed (2246) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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This photograph portrays William McFarlane Notman, his fiancé Alice Maud Claxton and his sister Emily Mary Notman.

Emily Mary Notman (1865-1946) 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.

Alice Maud Claxton (1863-1960) was a daughter-in-law of William Notman. She was the wife of William McFarlane, the eldest son of William. They were married on September 20, 1888.

Alice and William McFarlane had three children: William Russell (1890-1916); Wilfred McKenzie (1892-1916); and Keith Claxton (1893-1985). Alice was widowed in 1913, three years before her two eldest sons were killed in action during the First World War. She lived several more decades before her death on September 13, 1960, at age 97.

William McFarlane, the eldest son of William Notman, was born November 1, 1857. He became a partner in the company in 1882 before inheriting it outright on the death of his father in 1891. He named his brother Charles a partner in approximately 1894. William McFarlane died May 1, 1913.