II-94400.1 | William, William McF. and baby William Russell Notman, Montreal, QC, 1891

 
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William, William McF. and baby William Russell Notman, Montreal, QC, 1891
Wm. Notman & Son
1891, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
II-94400.1
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Three generations of Notmans are shown in this photograph: William Notman (1826-91), his son William McFarlane (1857-1913) and his grandson William Russell (1890-1916).

William Notman (1826-91), official photographer to the queen, was the first Canadian photographer to achieve international renown. He was one of the most influential photographers of the 19th century in North America, with his seven studios in Canada and thirteen in the United States.

Born in Paisley, Scotland, William Notman left his homeland with his family in 1856 for Montreal, where he opened a studio. He continued to work as a photographer until his death in 1891.

The eldest son of William Notman, William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913) become a partner in the firm in 1882 and inherited the family business upon the death of his father in 1891.