'Campfire', 1860.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

'Campfire', 1860.

Notman, William

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of a camp scene, with a group of hunters gathered around a campfire next to their tent, taken by William McFarlane Notman (1826-1891), in 1860. This elaborately composed scene has been created in the studio using props, costumes and a painted backdrop. William McFarlane Notman was born in Scotland but emigrated to Canada in 1856. He opened a photographic studio in Montreal and later established a successful chain of studios across Canada with branches in Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. Notman was the official Canadian photographer to Queen Victoria (1819-1901). His work forms an unrivalled record of nineteenth cantury Canadian life, including portraits, landscapes and elaborate studio-based genre scenes of Native Amerians, hunters and trappers.



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