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William Notman Life & Work by Sarah Parsons
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Photo Credits

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Credit for Cover Image


William Notman, Caribou Hunting, The Chance Shot, Montreal, 1866. (See below for details.)

Credits for Banner Images


Biography: Notman Photographic Co. Ltd., William Notman, Photographer, Boston, c. 1888, silver salts on paper, albumen process,
50.8 x 40.6 cm. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of the Estate of James Geoffrey Notman, N-1975.41.91. © McCord Museum.
Key Works: William Notman, Skating Carnival, Victoria Rink, Montreal, 1870. (See below for details.)
Significance & Critical Issues: William Notman, Chaudière Falls, Ottawa, 1870. (See below for details.)
Style & Technique: William Notman, Around the Camp Fire, Caribou Hunting series, Montreal, 1866. (See below for details.)
Sources & Resources: Attributed to William Notman, Still Life with Books, 1870s–80s, albumen silver print from glass negative,
16.8 x 21.6 cm (image); 20.3 x 24.1 cm (mount). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gilman Collection, Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library Fund, 2005, 2005.100.564.
Where to See: Miss H. Frothingham, Montreal, 1871. (See below for details.)

Credits for Works by William Notman


Adolphe Vogt, John Fraser and Henry Sandham, Notman Staff, Montreal, 1868. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-30060.1. © McCord Museum.
Around the Camp Fire, Caribou Hunting series, Montreal, 1866. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., VIEW-596.A. © McCord Museum.
Caribou Hunting, The Chance Shot, Montreal, 1866. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
N-0000.57.6. © McCord Museum.
Chaudière Falls, Ottawa, 1870. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-49783. © McCord Museum.
Framework of Tube and Staging Looking In, Victoria Bridge, Montreal, 1859. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of Mr. James Geoffrey Notman, N-0000.193.133. © McCord Museum.
G.H. Frothingham Sharing a Secret with Harriet Frothingham, Montreal, 1865. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-14761.1. © McCord Museum.
Group of stereographs from the maple box, Saguenay and Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, 1859–60. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of
Mr. James Geoffrey Notman, N-0000.193.87-95. © McCord Museum.
John A. Macdonald, Politician, Montreal, 1863. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-7952. © McCord Museum.
Lovell’s Group of Children Skating in Costume, Montreal, 1867. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-24834. © McCord Museum.
Master Hugh Allan, Montreal, 1867. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of Mrs. Gertrude H. Bourne, N-1981.16.1. © McCord Museum.
Miss H. Frothingham, Montreal, 1871. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-65141. © McCord Museum.
Missie Alice Notman in Sleigh with Nurse, Montreal, 1865. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-14045. © McCord Museum.
Montreal Lacrosse Club, 1867. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-29211.1.
© McCord Museum.
Mr. A. Collins, Montreal, 1869. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-36786.1.
© McCord Museum.
Mr. Collins’ Sleigh at Notman’s Studio, Bleury Street, Montreal, 1868–69. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-36913.1. © McCord Museum.
Mrs. Hillard’s Dead Baby, Montreal, 1868. McCord Museum, Montreal, Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-32563.1. © McCord Museum.
Mrs. MacKenzie in Allan’s Conservatory, Montreal, 1871. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-63635. © McCord Museum.
Mrs. William MacKenzie in Allan’s Conservatory, Montreal, 1871. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-63833. © McCord Museum.
Mrs. William Notman, Montreal, 1862. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., I-4486.1.
© McCord Museum.
Notman & Fraser Photographic Studio, Toronto, 1868. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-34684.1. © McCord Museum.
Skating Carnival, Victoria Rink, Montreal, 1870. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of Charles Frederick Notman, N-0000.116.21.1. © McCord Museum.
St. Regis Lacrosse Club, Montreal, 1867. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-29104.1. © McCord Museum.
William Notman and Family, Montreal, 1859. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of Miss Virginia Hase, N-1976.3.37. © McCord Museum.
William Notman, Photographer, Montreal, 1863. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
I-9607. © McCord Museum.
Yale College, Sheffield Scientific School Class in Library, New Haven, Connecticut, 1872. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., N-0000.73.13. © McCord Museum.
Young Ladies of Notman’s Printing Room, Miss Findlay’s Group, Montreal, 1876. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., II-24323.1. © McCord Museum.

Credits for Works by Notman Studios


The Bounce, Montreal Snowshoe Club, 1886, by Wm. Notman & Son. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., VIEW-2425. © McCord Museum.
J. Edgar’s Dead Child, Montreal, 1877, by Notman & Sandham, McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., II-44044.1. © McCord Museum.
Notman & Sandham’s Room, Windsor Hotel, Montreal, 1878, by Notman & Sandham.  McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., VIEW-782.1. © McCord Museum.
Sitting Bull, Montreal, 1885, by Wm. Notman & Son. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
II-83111. © McCord Museum.
Sitting Bull, Montreal, 1885, by Wm. Notman & Son. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.,
II-83112. © McCord Museum.
Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill, Montreal, 1885, by Wm. Notman & Son. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., II-83124. © McCord Museum
William Notman’s House, 557 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, 1893, by Wm. Notman & Son. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., II-102142. © McCord Museum.
William Notman Studio, 17 Bleury Street, Montreal, c. 1875, by Notman & Sandham. McCord Museum, Montreal, purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd., N-0000.157. © McCord Museum.

Credits for Photographs and Work by Other Artists/Institutions


The Art Association Conversazione on the Evening of February 15 (The Vice-Regal Visit to Montreal), February 23, 1878, artist unknown. Library and Archives Canada. Pagination: Vol. XVII, no. 8, 121, Subject: Montréal (Quebec), Art Association of Montreal, Record: 3422. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases.
Back of a Notman carte-de-visite, Halifax, 1876. Private collection.
Front of a Notman carte-de-visite, Halifax, 1876. Private collection.
Canada East, portfolio from the maple box, 1859–60. McCord Museum, Montreal, gift of Mr. James Geoffrey Notman,
N-0000.193.1-202. © McCord Museum.
Fancy Ball Given by the Governor General Lord Dufferin at Rideau Hall on February 23, 1876, Ottawa, 1876, by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada, C-006865. © Library and Archives Canada.
Glass plate negative for the composite image of the Old Guard dinner, Notman/Topley Studio, Ottawa. Library and Archives Canada, nlc-14827. © Library and Archives Canada.
McCord Museum, interior. © McCord Museum.
The November 24, 1956, Maclean’s cover story on William Notman brought his work to a whole new generation. © Maclean’s
Photography: Things You Ought to Know by William Notman, after 1867. Published by William Notman. McCord Museum, Montreal, origin: Canada, N-1976.17.7.1. © McCord Museum.
Photography: Things You Ought to Know by William Notman, after 1867. Published by William Notman. McCord Museum, Montreal, origin: Canada, N-1976.17.7.1. © McCord Museum.
Photography: Things You Ought to Know by William Notman, after 1867. Published by William Notman. McCord Museum, Montreal, origin: Canada, N-1976.17.7.1. © McCord Museum.
Stereoscope and slide. © McCord Museum
This large-format view camera from c. 1870 was manufactured by Scovill in Waterbury, Connecticut. Scovill Manufacturing Co., c. 1870. McCord Museum, Montreal, M992X.4.1. © McCord Museum.


Acknowledgements

From the Author
I would like to thank Katerina Atanassova, Laine Gabel, and Isabel Luce for their intrepid research assistance and the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University for research funding. At the McCord Museum, Nora Hague was generous with her unparalleled knowledge of the collection. Finally, many of the questions explored here were first floated in the Toronto Photography Seminar, and I want to thank my fellow members for a decade of challenging conversations and inspiring collaboration. —Sarah Parsons

From the Art Canada Institute
This online art book was made possible thanks to the generosity of its Title Sponsor, The Hal Jackman Foundation, and the Lead Sponsor, BMO Financial Group, as well as the Online Art Book Sponsors for the 2013–14 Season: Aimia; Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.; The McLean Foundation; TD Bank Group; Partners in Art; Rosamond Ivey; and Rosenthal Zaretsky Niman & Co., LLP. 

Thanks also to the Art Canada Institute Founding Patrons: Sara and Michael Angel, Jalynn H. Bennett, The Butterfield Family Foundation, David and Vivian Campbell, Albert E. Cummings, Kiki and Ian Delaney, The Fleck Family, Roger and Kevin Garland, Michelle Koerner and Kevin Doyle, Phil Lind, Sarah and Tom Milroy, Charles Pachter, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan, Sandra L. Simpson, and Robin and David Young; as well as its Founding Partner Patrons: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Partners in Art.

The ACI gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the McCord Museum, Montreal. 

The Art Canada Institute gratefully acknowledges the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training (CACHET) for their contribution toward the translation of this online art book.


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Parsons, Sarah (Sarah Caitlin), 1971-, author
          William Notman : life & work / Sarah Parsons.

Includes bibliographical references.
Contents:  Biography — Key works — Significance & critical
      issues — Style & technique — Where to see — Notes —
      Glossary — Sources & resources — About the author —
      Credits.
Electronic monograph.
ISBN 978-1-4871-0010-0 (pdf).—ISBN 978-1-4871-0012-4 (epub)

          1. Notman, William, 1826-1891.  2. Notman, William, 1826-1891—
Criticism and interpretation.  3. Photographers—Canada—Biography.
4. Businessmen—Canada—Biography.  I. Art Canada Institute. issuing
body  II. Title.

TR140.N6P37 2014                          770.92                       C2014-901386-8