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Hon. L.A. Dessaules and family, Montreal, QC, 1862
William Notman (1826-1891)
1862, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Portraits comprise a major part of the Notman collection. Prominent Montrealers and visitors from abroad sought out William Notman's studio to have their likenesses committed to silver for posterity. This portrait of the Honorable Louis-Antoine Dessaulles and his family is just one of 42,000 portraits taken by William Notman's Montreal studio between the years 1860 and 1869. Louis-Antoine Dessaulles, a nephew of Louis-Joseph Papineau, was himself a well-known politician and the seigneur of Saint-Hyacinthe.

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