Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Notman, William McFarlane[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Male 1857 - 1913  (55 years)


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  • Name Notman, William McFarlane 
    Born 1 Nov 1857  Montreal, PQ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1884; 1887; 1889; 1897; 1901; 1903; 1904; 1909  BC; Vancouver Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1 May 1913  Montreal, PQ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Association Notman, Charles F. (Relationship: Brother) 
    Association Notman, George R.W. (Relationship: Brother) 
    Person ID I103  Camera Workers | N, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2021 

  • Documents
    W. Notman ID.
    W. Notman ID.
    On the verso of a carte de visite, this compact piece of art advertises the Notman studio locations, its exhibition wins for photography and the studio's royal patronage. Various BC photographers worked for the Notman studio branches. William Notman (the father) never visited BC for photographic purposes.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial (visit).
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of famed Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891), he visited BC several times before and after the turn of the century. He was accompanied and assisted by one or both of his brothers, Charles F. and George R.W. A full account of his career and that of his brothers can be found in Stanley Triggs' fine study, William Notman: The Stamp of a Studio (1985). The McCord Museum also hosts a virtual exhibit, The Photographic Studio of William Notman, with much useful information. In 2016-2017, a major retrospective exhibit of the Notman studio's work, "Notman, A Visionary Photographer", was staged by the McCord Museum.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: print surface usually numbered, captioned and marked "Wm. Notman & Son, Photo, Montreal."

  • Sources 
    1. [S692] Correspondence, David Mattison.
      Letters, Notman Photographic Archives to Mattison

    2. [S413] Harper & Triggs (1967), J. Russell Harper and Stanley Triggs, eds., (Montreal: McGill University Press, 1967).

    3. [S323] Reid (1979), Dennis Reid, (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada National Museums of Canada, 1979).

    4. [S567] Triggs (1985), W. Stanley G. Triggs, (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario; Coach House Press, 1985).

    5. [S409] Hall, Dodds & Triggs (1993), Roger Hall, Gordon Dodds, Stanley Triggs , (Toronto, Ont.: McClelland & Stewart, 1993), TR140 N67H34.

    6. [S569] McCord Museum (2005), (Montreal, Que.: McCord Museum, McGill University, 2005).

    7. [S891] Samson and Sauvage (2016), Hélène Samson and Suzanne Sauvage, (Paris, France: Editions Hazan, 2016).