VIEW-16062 | Interior with paintings, Lord Strathcona's residence, Montreal, QC, 1916

Interior with paintings, Lord Strathcona's residence, Montreal, QC, 1916
Wm. Notman & Son
1916, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255)
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Keys to History

This photograph, showing the painting gallery in the residence of Lord Strathcona (Donald Smith), testifies to the opulence of the man's life style. The mansion was so stately that Lord Minto, Governor General of Canada, chose to stay there for his sojourn in Montreal in December 1902.

Although the gallery looks odd today, more like a store room, jamming paintings together in this way was how wealthy people displayed their collections of art in those days. The Strathcona collection included works of great importance, such as the canvas on the left, James Tissot's October (1877). This painting is now part of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts collection, having been donated to the museum by the Strathcona family in 1927.

  • What

    The photograph was taken in 1916. A similar photograph published in the journal L'Album Universel in 1902, shows that Lord Strathcona had been an art collector for many years.

  • Where

    This room is the Painting Gallery of Lord Strathcona's residence on Dorchester Street (now René-Lévesque) in 1916.

  • When

    When Lord Minto stayed at Lord Strathcona's mansion in December 1902, a series of photographs of the interior of the residence was printed in L'Album Universel.

  • Who

    The art displayed here is part of the collection belonging to Lord Strathcona, a notable figure in the development of railways in Canada.