Fonds F 4357

Collection of William Notman and Alexander Henderson photographs

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Collection of William Notman and Alexander Henderson photographs
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

79 photographs : albumen, black and white, mounted ; 7.5 x 9 inches and smaller

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs believed to be taken by William Notman or Alexander Henderson depicting scenes in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Photographic subjects include: buildings, churches, trains, waterfalls, rivers and a variety of other urban and rural landscapes and portraits.

The photographs are arranged geographically.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

William Notman (1826-1891) was a photographer and businessman active in the Province of Canada during the mid nineteenth century.

Alexander Henderson (1831-1913) was a photographer and merchant based in Montreal who captured the scenic landscapes of Canada during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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Henderson, Alexander, 1831-1913

Notman, William, 1826-1891

Restrictions on Access
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Mrs. Basil Eyre in October 1972.

The photographs were collected by the donor's mother on a visit to Canada from Dublin, Ireland.

Associated Material

The McCord Museum in Montreal is home to the Notman Photographic Archives, a collection that also houses a number of Henderson prints. Additional collections of Henderson prints are held in Ottawa by Library and Archives Canada and The National Gallery.

Related Material

Other records created by or relating to William Notman and Alexander Henderson held at the Archives of Ontario are the following: F 4358, William Notman fonds; F 1140, MU 2254, Ontario Society of Artists, Minute Books; RG 15-54, 3rd Session, Department of Public Works Records, Photographic Portraits of the Members of the Ontario Legislature; F 4358 William Notman fonds; F 4360 Edward Wilkes Rathbun fonds; F 702 Mann family fonds and C224-20 Henderson-Goold-Duffin photograph album.


Title based on contents of the collection.

A number of Notman photographs have been reproduced in the following publications: William Notman: The Stamp of a Studio by Stanley Triggs (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1985); William Notman's Studio: The Canadian Picture (Montreal: McCord Museum of Canadian History, 1992); and Portrait of a Period: A Collection of Notman Photographs, 1856-1915, edited by J.R. Harper and Stanley Triggs (Montreal: McGill University Press, 1967). A number of Henderson photographs appear in Alexander Henderson: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Photographer by Stanley Triggs, Archivaria 5, (Winter 1977-78, pp. 45-59).

Although never business partners, William Notman and Alexander Henderson were contemporaries and colleagues. The two men made a photographic excursion to Niagara Falls in 1860 and were both founding members of the Art Association of Montreal, established the same year.


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