Victoria Bridge, Montreal
Photographer: William Notman (1826 - 91)
'Construction of the Victoria Bridge, Montreal: dredging machine, September 1858'
William’s Norman’s detailed photographic documentation of the later stages of the construction of the Victoria Bridge, built between 1854 and 1859, was commissioned by its chief engineer James Hodges.
Notman managed the most successful commercial studio in Montreal and the photographs, available for public purchase, were clearly intended principally as a visual expression of national pride in one of the great engineering projects of the 19th century.
The two-mile long bridge, which for the first time provided a year-round rail link with the eastern seaboard, remains in use to the present day.
From W. Notman, Victoria Bridge, Montreal. [Montreal, 1860]