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Notman, William

Notman was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1826. He moved to Montreal in 1856. An amateur photographer, he quickly established a flourishing professional photography studio on Bleury Street. His first important commission was the documentation of the construction of the Victoria Bridge across the St. Lawrence River. The Bridge opened with great fanfare in 1860, attended by the Prince of Wales and Notman's camera. The gift to the Prince of a Maple Box containing Notman's photographs of the construction of the bridge and scenes of Canada East and Canada West so pleased Queen Victoria that, according to family tradition, she named him "Photographer to the Queen."

Notman's reputation and business grew over the next three decades, the first Canadian photographer with an international reputation. He established branches throughout Canada and the United States. Notman was highly regarded by his colleagues for his innovative photography. He won medals at exhibitions in Montreal, London, Paris, and Australia.

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Framework of tube and staging looking in, Victoria Bridge, Montreal, QC, 1859 (N-0000.193.133)

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Framework of tube and staging looking in, Victoria Bridge, Montreal, QC, 1859
William Notman (1826-1891)
1859, 19th century
N-0000.193.133

William Notman, photographer, Montreal, QC, 1863 (I-9607)

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William Notman, photographer, Montreal, QC, 1863
William Notman (1826-1891)
1863, 19th century
I-9607

Curling group, Montreal, QC, 1867 (I-26027)

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Curling group, Montreal, QC, 1867
William Notman (1826-1891)
1867, 19th century
I-26027