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William Notman

William Notman

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 De 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,...

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