In the Eye of the Camera, 1840-1867

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Master Thomas Crathern and rocking horse, Montreal, 1862
William Notman (1826-1891)
1862, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12.7 x 10.2 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-3702
© McCord Museum
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If you look behind Thomas Crathern's feet, you can see a pole. In Miss Pominville's picture, did you notice a curtain draped behind her feet? That was to hide the base of the posing stand, against which both of them are leaning, to help them stay still for the photograph. Master Thomas must have had a harder time of it than Miss Pominville, because he is sitting on a rocking horse, which is made to move. The photographer has jammed one of the feet of the posing stand under the rocker on the far side, so Thomas has a hope of staying still.