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Master William and Miss Maggie Notman, Montreal, QC, 1861
William Notman (1826-1891)
1861, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8.5 x 5.6 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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This photograph portrays William Notman's sister Maggie alongside her nephew William McFarlane.

Margaret Notman (1846-1873) was a younger sister of William Notman, founder of the William Notman photographic studio in Montreal. In 1866, she married Dr. David Howard Harrison, a native of St. Marys, Ontario. The couple had two children, Maggie and Will. In 1873, Margaret died at the stillbirth of a third child.

Margaret had six siblings: William (1826-1891); Jessie (1828-?); John Sloan (1830-1879); Helen (1835-?); Robert (1837-1882); and James (1849-1932). Margaret was the family's sixth child.

William McFarlane, the eldest son of William Notman, was born November 1, 1857. He became a partner in the company in 1882 before inheriting it outright on the death of his father in 1891. He named his brother Charles (1870-1955) a partner in approximately 1894. William McFarlane died May 1, 1913.

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