II-9294 | Copy frame for Mrs. Esdaile, Montreal, QC, 1874
Copy frame for Mrs. Esdaile, Montreal, QC, 1874
William Notman (1826-1891)
1874, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Miscellaneous (671) , Photograph (77678)
Keys to History
Children are the youngest members of a chain of consumers that includes the whole family. Generation after generation, families expand their numbers. This natural increase in population, in turn, leads to a greater demand and market for an expanding array of merchandise. Immigrants also increase the population, driving a burgeoning demand for a plethora of products with which to decorate the interior. In the two decades between 1871 and 1891, the population of Quebec grows by 25% to just under 1.5 million, and that of New Brunswick by half this percentage to just under 325,000. Between 1867 and 1896, Canada's population increases from approximately 3,463,000 to 5,074,000, a jump of 46% over three decades.
Leacy, F. H. ed. "Population and Migration." Section A in Historical Statistics of Canada: Estimated Population of Canada, 1867-1977, 2d ed. (Ottawa: Statistics Canada and the Social Sciences Federation of Canada, n.d.), series A1-247, pp. 7-8. Available on-line at
Source : Crowding the Parlour [Web tour], by Jane Cook, McGill University (see Links)
This is a metal tripod displaying images of four generations. The patriarch is at the top of the "family tree", while the youngest children are at the base.
This photograph of the tree-like frame was taken at the Notman Studios in Montreal.
The photograph dates from 1874, but some family members were born as early as the turn of the 18th to the 19th century.
This picture of the photographs on their support was commissioned by Mrs. Esdaile of Montreal from photographer William Notman.