N-0000.25.1056 | Shuswap Lake on the C.P.R., near Sicamous, BC, 1889, copied ca.1902

 
Photograph, glass lantern slide
Shuswap Lake on the C.P.R., near Sicamous, BC, 1889, copied ca.1902
William McFarlane Notman
About 1902, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
N-0000.25.1056
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  lake (137) , Photograph (77678) , Waterscape (2986)
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Keys to History

William Notman (1826-91), a Scottish immigrant to Montreal, was Canada's most important photographer of the later 19th century. His sons William and George were hired by the CPR to take scenic photographs of the new railway for publicity purposes. The railway provided a special car called "Photographic Car No. 1" for the Notmans to use. Because the Rockies are so scenic, and because the purpose of the trip was to stimulate tourist traffic, a great many of the pictures were taken in British Columbia. The photographs sold well, and are now highly collectible. In the days before colour photography they were sometimes tinted by hand to make them more attractive.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    This is a view of one of British Columbia's most beautiful lakes.

  • Where

    Shuswap Lake lies along the CPR line in British Columbia.

  • When

    The photo, taken in 1889, was hand tinted later.

  • Who

    William M. Notman was commissioned by the CPR to take scenic photographs to lure tourists to the CPR and its hotels.