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© McCord Museum
Miss Starnes, Montreal, QC, 1869-70
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869-1870, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
13.7 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Miss Starnes was photographed in William Notman's studio. She may have been the daughter of Henry Starnes, a merchant, banker and politician who, that year, was director of the Bank of Ontario in Montreal.
This young woman is wearing an outfit certain of whose features may recall those of an all-purpose dress in the McCord Museum (M971.105.6.1-3). The bustle of Miss Starnes's dress, although less puffed than that of the McCord dress, does resemble it. (The bustle, also known as a faux cul, is a structure made up of various shapes and materials that enables the skirt to protrude behind, just under the waistline). The long-sleeved bodice and the outer skirt, made up of a shorter piece in front and a longer one at the back, are also similar to the Museum's.

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