M2001.60.32 | View from Notre-Dame Basilica, looking north-west, Montreal, QC, 1999. After Notman (I-77457)
View from Notre-Dame Basilica, looking north-west, Montreal, QC, 1999. After Notman (I-77457)
1999, 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process
27 x 35 cm
Gift of Mr. Andrzej Maciejewski
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , view (1387)
Date/Time: October 22, 1999, 1:30 p.m.
This is a rather plain view of Montreal, but Notman's original photograph is extremely good quality. I can distinguish his own studio at 17 Bleury Street, with three large skylights and a cover for a daylight enlarger on the roof. Although I had only a few such reference points, it was easy to figure out that he took this photo from one of the Notre Dame Church towers. To reach it I climbed the same long flight of stairs Notman had to climb all those years ago. The view today is a bit disappointing, but certainly represents change.
Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)