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Kathleen, Yachting on Lake St. Louis, near Montreal, QC

Notman & Sandham, Montreal (1877–1882) and

Artist:
James Weston (Canadian, ca. 1815–1906)
Date:
1881
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 26.2 x 20.8 cm (10 5/16 x 8 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
McCord Museum, Montreal
  • Description

    In these two yachting scenes, several layers of artifice—the calculated informality of the poses; the seamless blending of studio set and painted background; details such as a tilted deck, a flapping sail, a hand securing a hat against the wind—coalesce into a marvelous naturalism that belies the pictures’ cobbled-together construction.

  • Provenance

    Per provenance report, this photograph was purchased from the Associated Screen News Ltd in 1956. The Associated Screen News Ltd acquired William Notman & Son Photographic Studio based in Montreal in 1935.
    Reproduced in Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne's exhibition catalogue "Les photographies composites de William Notman / Stanley G. Triggs ; [traduction, Bérengère de Guernon] = The composite photographs of William Notman / Stanley G. Triggs ; [translation, Bérengère de Guernon]," (Montréal: Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne = McCord Museum of Canadian History, 1994), p. 115.

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