N-0000.193.16 | Our Lady's Terrace, Villa Maria Convent, Montreal, QC, about 1860

 
Photograph
Our Lady's Terrace, Villa Maria Convent, Montreal, QC, about 1860
William Notman (1826-1891)
about 1860, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
7.3 x 7 cm
Gift of Mr. James Geoffrey Notman
N-0000.193.16
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Figure (1339) , Figure (1339) , Photograph (77678)
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Gathered on Our Lady's Terrace, Villa Maria students pose for the photographer Notman. The school system of the time was extremely hierarchical, in the image of Montreal society. Few girls were able to attend these big private boarding schools and have access to a complete course of study, from elementary school to higher education. The standard for working-class girls was the public parochial school with its four-year elementary curriculum, while middle-class families could provide their children with education that was a little more advanced in private primary schools, which were called academies.