Item 2008.001.1423 - Portrait of a man

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Portrait of a man

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  • [187-] (Creation)
    Notman, William

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1 photograph: 10.5 x 6.4

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William Notman, Photographer to Her Majesty, independently began his first studio in Montreal in 1856 under the name 'William Notman'. In 1877, he partnered this studio with Henry Sandham, and the name changed to 'Notman & Sandham' until that dissolved and he partnered with his son in 1882. He also operated studios in Toronto, Boston and Halifax.

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Item is a white card with raised oval photograph of a man with a thick beard seated profile. On verso, photographer's stamp lithographed in gold, "W. NOTMAN" with the Royal Crest at the centre and a ribbon wrapping that which reads "PHOTOGRAPHER TO/ HER MAJESTY" followed by the locations of studios in "MONTREAL/ OTTAWA/ TORONTO/ & HALIFAX". At four corners of the design are images of medals, which read clockwise from top left, "LONDON" "1862/ LONDINE/ HONORIS/ CAUSA/ 1862" "1867" and "NAPOLEON III EMPEROR/ PARIS".

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Fair. The image is faded and yellowed, there is a lot of foxing around the edges of the print. There are three small punctures/tears at the bottom right of the card. Surface abrasion.

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