MP-1985.10.1.12 | Miss Susanna Savage, painted photograph, Montreal, QC, about 1860.

 
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Miss Susanna Savage, painted photograph, Montreal, QC, about 1860.
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1860, 19th century
Watercolour on paper - Albumen process
Gift of Miss Eleanor Savage
MP-1985.10.1.12
© McCord Museum
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The Notman Photographic Archives contain over 500 cased photographs consisting of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. Dating from 1841 to 1865, these images are among the earliest photographs taken in Canada. Sometimes images were retouched with coloured paint, and by 1860 hand-coloured photographic portraits had become so popular that the Notman studio established a large art department to handle the many orders. This painted photographic copy of a daguerreotype (also in the collection) depicts Susanna Savage, aged 21, from a prominent Montreal family. She was the youngest of three daughters who all fell victim to tuberculosis.