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Doll house, photographed for Captain Howard, Montreal, QC, 1873-74
William Notman (1826-1891)
1873-1874, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Keys to History:

Special toys represent a microcosm of daily life. This doll's house, photographed for Captain Howard around 1873-74, is divided into four main rooms: the kitchen, dining room, parlour and bedroom or play room. The open front has four windows decorated with lace-like curtains, similar to those in the music room seen earlier. There are miniature mirrors on the sideboard and dresser, metal kitchen implements hanging on the wall and centrally suspended lights. Doll's houses give children ideas about how the domestic interior should be arranged and decorated, but are also owned as adult amusements.

Edward Gelles, Nursery Furniture (London: Constable, 1982), p. 134.

Source : Crowding the Parlour [Web tour], by Jane Cook, McGill University (see Links)


This is a four-room doll's house. The front opens with two doors. The roof has two gables, chimneys, a widow's walk and a flag.


The photograph was taken in a Montreal studio.


The photograph was shot in 1873-74, along with another that shows the house with its doors closed.


The house was photographed for Captain Howard of Montreal.

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