The Frothingham Family Album

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As early as the 1870s, the Frothinghams were confirmed photographic enthusiasts who patronized William Notman & Sons for cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards, including hilarious family groups "toboganning" on a Notman photographic set. The daughters' poses displayed their mutual affection and individual talents for music. Milestones are marked; rituals are celebrated. The Frothinghams also commissioned photographs of family, friends, and servants at their country home at Rivière du Loup. When Etheldred Norton Frothingham became Mrs George Benson, she continued the family tradition. Beginning her album with pictures of her own childhood, she then commissioned a Notman studio portrait to chronicle the arrival of each of her children. The two boys and one girl are then photographed in charming group portraits as they grow.