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Interior Redpath Museum, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1893 (?)
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1893, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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A gift from the philanthropist Peter Redpath, President of Redpath Sugar, enabled John William Dawson, then Principal of McGill University to see one of his dreams come true: the university would finally get its natural history museum. The Redpath Museum opened its doors in 1882. This is the first building in Canada constructed specifically for the purpose of housing a museum. The Redpath Museum would conserve and exhibit the collections of the Principal, who was also a renowned naturalist. Dawson would serve as director of the museum for the 10 years from 1882 to 1892.

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