Here Notman experimented with angles, rendering a photograph that looks almost like an Impressionist painting: the details of the woman reclining, book in hand, give an overall effect that is remarkably similar to paintings by Berthe Morisot. This image is a reproduction of the glass negative, from which Notman would likely have printed only a portion of the photograph. In many cases, he deliberately captured more in the image so that he could edit later.
William Notman’s Photographic Inventions
William Notman, Mrs. William MacKenzie in Allan’s Conservatory, Montreal, 1871
Silver salts on glass, wet collodion process, 25 x 20 cm, McCord Museum, Montreal