William James Topley (1845-1930) was a prolific Canadian photographer notable for his portraiture of Canadian politicians. Topley was a business partner of William Notman, taking over Notman’s Ottawa studio in 1872. A large number of photographs by Topley are now in the collection of the Library and Archives of Canada, including approximately 150,000 glass-plate negatives and a set of 66 index albums covering the entire history of his Ottawa studios from 1868 until 1923.

–adapted from Wikipedia

This is an unusual portrait of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s First Prime Minister, taken at a time when he was nearing the end of a political career that had become immersed in controversies. The sombre tones of the photograph create a somewhat delicate image of a towering figure.

ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM JAMES TOPLEY

Sir John A. MacDonald

Circa 1885

Price:  $1,500 USD  stutus dot

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Albumen print

7 ¼ x 8 ½ inch

Stephen Bulger Gallery

About this artwork…

Mounted to 8 x 10 inch period board

Titled, in pencil, au recto

Printed circa 1885

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Unframed

William James Topley (1845-1930) was a prolific Canadian photographer notable for his portraiture of Canadian politicians. Topley was a business partner of William Notman, taking over Notman’s Ottawa studio in 1872. A large number of photographs by Topley are now in the collection of the Library and Archives of Canada, including approximately 150,000 glass-plate negatives and a set of 66 index albums covering the entire history of his Ottawa studios from 1868 until 1923.

–adapted from Wikipedia

This is an unusual portrait of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s First Prime Minister, taken at a time when he was nearing the end of a political career that had become immersed in controversies. The sombre tones of the photograph create a somewhat delicate image of a towering figure.

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