Bill’s World

Notman Studio Portrait of Lillie Langtry of Boston in 1886/7

Toronto. In 1995, McClelland & Stewart, Inc (then a famous Canadian Publishing House) published a Canadian edition of The World of William Notman” written by Hall, Dodds and Triggs. The lavish book had a history of the Notman Studios and a beautifully printed collection of Notman photographs with exceptionally high resolution and deep blacks.

The 230+ paged hard cover book carried a suggested list price of $100 with a 25% discount for the first months of publication. It was originally published in 1993 by the American publisher, David R Godine, Publishing in Boston.

I bought my copy as a remaindered book for the sum of $24.99 at Edwards Books on Queen just before Spadina. The last named author, Stanley Triggs, spoke at the PHSC decades ago. At the time, Stan was a curator of Notman photographs at McGill’s McCord Museum. By 1995, he had authored two other books on Notman (Portrait of a Period in 1967 and The Stamp of a Studio in 1985).

Anyone interested in Notman, Canadian history, or Photographic history should have, or at least read, this book.


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