X12453 | Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley

Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley
Joseph N. Durland
1864, 19th century
Albumen print carte-de-visite
9.8 x 6.3 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Little Miss Fanny Jack (1854-1913) dressed and undressed her doll Lady Blanche Paulet, her precious birthday gift, for fictional travels to far off lands, spectacular evening soirees and afternoon tea parties at home. Fanny knew a variety of local luminaries personally through her parents' political and cultural connections, including Father of Confederation Samuel Leonard Tilley (1818-96). While Emma Jack, her mother, entertained leading social figures like S.L. Tilley in the parlour of Carrig Leagh, upstairs in the nursery Fanny Jack held tea parties with Lady Blanche.

As a delegate to all of the Confederation Conferences at Charlottetown, Quebec and London, S.L. Tilley promoted union with the other provinces in the face of stiff opposition in New Brunswick. It was Tilley who suggested the new nation be called the "Dominion of Canada," inspired by his morning Bible reading in Psalm 72, "He shall have Dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth." As a reward for supporting Confederation, John A. Macdonald appointed S.L. Tilley to the first federal Cabinet in 1867.

  • What

    In order to prevent blurred images, photographers used a special clamp to hold the sitter's head while the photograph was being taken. The clamp's base can be seen in this photograph.

  • Where

    Samuel Leonard Tilley was born May 18, 1818, in a small room off the parlour of his parent's home at Gagetown, New Brunswick.

  • When

    Samuel Leonard Tilley became a widower on March 27, 1862, when his wife Julia Ann Hanford died.

  • Who

    Joseph N. Durland, the photographer, renamed his studio the Imperial Photo Rooms in December 1868.