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Elgin family photographs [graphic material] 

Series consists of



Place of creation


14 photographs : 12 b&w and 2 daguerreotypes.

Scope and content

Series consists of photographs taken, probably in Montreal in 1847-51, and attributed to the photographer Thomas Coffin Doane. The first is a whole-plate daguerreotype group portrait of Lord and Lady Elgin, with Lady Alice Lambton [sister of Lady Elgin] and Lord Mark Kerr [Lord Elgin's A.D.C.]; the second is a daguerreotype copy of a miniature of Mary Louisa Lambton, Countess of Elgin (1819-1898), second wife of James, 8th Earl of Elgin, 1840s. The group portrait was taken on the occasion of Lord Elgin presiding over Convocation at Upper Canada College, Montreal. Whole-plate daguerreotype, gilt metal mat, in silk lined, embossed brown leather case, the interior of the cover with ink manuscript label identifying the subjects. The 12 b&w photographs includes the portrait of Lord and Lady Elgin with Lady Alice Lambton and Lord Mark Kerr in 1848 but also consists of a portrait of James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, 1848, by T.C. Doane; portraits of Victor Alexander Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, 1851.

Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
10: Closed
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Photographs: Described on-line in MINISIS-DAPDCAP. (Electronic)

Photographs: (1976-238) Other FA-500 See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number." RS (Electronic)

Photographs: (1976-238) List of captions (Electronic)

Additional information

Initially, these works were loaned to Library and Archives Canada for copying purposes (accession 1976-238), however the original images were acquired through the Sotheby's (London) May 7, 1998 Photographs Sale.

The 12 b&w photographs were loaned to the National Archives of Canada and copied in 1976. The originals were returned to the lender.

Custodial history
These works were made in Canada for Lord Elgin, and brought back to Great Britain by him. The two daguerrotypes remained in family hands, in unbroken descent, until their sale at auction on May 7, 1998 to the National Archives of Canada. The 12 photographs also followed this custodial history and were loaned and copied in 1976.


Related control no.

1. 1976-238 NPC
2. NPC 1976-238 NPC
3. 1998-01203-4