William Notman: Life & Work by Sarah Parsons

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In 1856 William Notman was a fugitive from the law. But in less than a decade this Montreal artist transformed his fortune and the world of photography. Read and download the online art book here: www.aci-iac.ca/william-notman

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Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer. Canadian Winter, Blanket Coat, Snowshoe, Red River, A Decade, Online Art, Montreal, Book Art, Envelope

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.

Around the Camp Fire, Caribou hunting series, Montreal, QC, 1866 William Notman century Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process Caribou Hunting, Native American Indians, Native Americans, Aboriginal People, Mountain Man, Historical Pictures, First Nations, Online Art, Camp Fire

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.

William Notman preferred the tricky and complicated process of the wet collodion process over the more popular daguerreotype. “Missie Alice Notman in Sleigh with Nurse,” Montreal, McCord Museum. Montreal Qc, Donate Now, Old Photographs, Daguerreotype, A Decade, Online Art, My Images, Book Art, Alice

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.

Notman and Fraser Photographic Studio 1868 Toronto Canada, Photographic Studio, Photo Essay, Marina Bay Sands, Online Art, Vintage Photos, 19th Century, Toronto, Culture

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William Notman created the “house style” of the studio, rather than an individual style, which allowed him to open studios in other cities. “Notman & Fraser Photographic Studio,” Toronto, 1868, McCord Museum.

Although “William Notman” is stamped on thousands of photographs, it indicates the studio and not necessarily photographs taken by William Notman himself. “Adolphe Vogt, John Fraser and Henry Sandham, Notman Staff,” Montreal, 1868, McCord Museum. Canada, A Decade, Photographs, Photos, Online Art, Montreal, 19th Century, Book Art, Bridge

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Although “William Notman” is stamped on thousands of photographs, it indicates the studio and not necessarily photographs taken by William Notman himself. “Adolphe Vogt, John Fraser and Henry Sandham, Notman Staff,” Montreal, 1868, McCord Museum.

Portrait of Master Hugh Allan, in the hills of Scotland. 1876 by William Notman Looks like he is Flyfishing Edinburgh, Perth, Scottish Dress, Scotland History, Scottish Clans, Scottish Highlands, Men In Kilts, Portraits, My Heritage

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This hand-tinted portrait illustrates William Notman’s impressive aesthetic range and flexibility. “Master Hugh Allan,” Montreal, 1867, McCord Museum.

Each of William Notman’s photographic styles required a different camera. This large-format view camera from c. 1870 was manufactured by Scovill in Waterbury, Connecticut. Waterbury Connecticut, Large Format, Cameras, Book Art, Life, Style, Swag, Stylus, Camera

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.

Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, was among Notman’s high-profile clients. William Notman, “John A. Macdonald, Politician,” Montreal, 1863, McCord Museum. Edwardian Era, Victorian, First Prime Minister, Edward Curtis, Montreal Qc, Canada, Important People, A Decade, 1920s

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Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, was among Notman’s high-profile clients. William Notman, “John A. Macdonald, Politician,” Montreal, 1863, McCord Museum.

Recognizing the appeal of belonging to prominent groups, Notman advertised and grew the field of class portraits as well as images of athletic associations and other markers of bourgeois sociability and success. Notman/Topley Studio, “Fancy Ball Given by the Governor General Lord Dufferin at Rideau Hall on February 23, 1876,” Ottawa, composite, 1876, Library and Archives Canada. Canada, Ottawa, Online Art, Markers, Book Art, February, Lord, Success, Portraits

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Recognizing the appeal of belonging to prominent groups, Notman advertised and grew the field of class portraits as well as images of athletic associations and other markers of bourgeois sociability and success. Notman/Topley Studio, “Fancy Ball Given by the Governor General Lord Dufferin at Rideau Hall on February 23, 1876,” Ottawa, composite, 1876, Library and Archives Canada.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry whose works subvert the Westernized image of Canadian indigenous peoples. Kent Monkman, “The Emergence of a Legend” Canada, Canadian Artists, Ancestry, Online Art, 19th Century, Book Art, Choices, Gap, Nerd

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Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry whose works subvert the 19th-century Westernized image of Canadian indigenous peoples. Kent Monkman, “The Emergence of a Legend” (5/5), 2006.

Canadian artist Kent Monkman “employs honour, irony and subversive wit. to reimagine a century Canadian frontier in which the red men get the jump. on the white men. Kent Monkman, “Shooting Geronimo,” distributed by Vtape. Sitting Bull, Canada, Geronimo, Canadian Artists, A Decade, White Man, Online Art, Book Art, Urban

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Canadian artist Kent Monkman “employs honour, irony and subversive wit... to reimagine a 19th century Canadian frontier in which the red men get the jump... on the white men.” Winnipeg Free Press. Kent Monkman, “Shooting Geronimo,” 2007, distributed by Vtape.

The Bounce, Montreal Snowshoe Club, QC, composite, 1886 Wm. Notman & Son century Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process Canadian History, Canadian Art, Canadian People, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Images, Canadian Winter, The Calling, Celebrity Photographers, Of Montreal

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.

vintage everyday: 23 Vintage Studio Portraits of Women from the Victorian Era Victorian Women, Victorian Era, Research Images, Classic Portraits, Studio Backdrops, 19th Century Fashion, Studio Portraits, Fashion History, Women's Fashion

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In his handbook for sitters, “Photography: Things You Ought to Know,” Notman advises that “lace scarfs, open mantles, shawls, etc., greatly assist in securing graceful flowing lines.” William Notman, “Mrs. William Notman Senior,” Montreal, 1865, McCord Museum.

Miss Emily Notman, Montreal, QC, 1889 Wm. Notman & Son March century Silver salts on paper - Albumen process 15 x 10 cm Gift of the Estate of James Geoffrey Notman © McCord Museum Old Pictures, Old Photos, Vintage Photos, 1880s Fashion, Edwardian Fashion, Women's Fashion, Historical Costume, Historical Clothing, Edwardian Era

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William Notman was also very fashion conscious and would counsel his sitters on the best dress to pose in. “The best materials, and those which look the richest, are silks, satins, reps and winceys.” Wm Notman & Son, “Miss Emily Notman,” Montreal, 1889, McCord Museum.

A wonderful “Canadiana” composite of composites by Notman, showing his adeptness at the technique. Notman & Son, “Canada That We Love and Prize,” composite of composites, McCord Museum. Canadian Winter, Red River, A Decade, Online Art, Book Art, Snowshoe, Museum, Artist, Canada

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer. Edwardian Era, Victorian, A Decade, Online Art, Montreal, Vintage Dresses, Book Art, Gentleman, Hipster

William Notman: Life & Work

Read the free online art book by Sarah Parsons to discover the life and major works of William Notman, the first internationally renowned Canadian photographer.