Panoramic View of Lake Geneva and Monument of Duke of Brunswick


This panoramic photograph shows Lake Geneva, Switzerland, as it appeared in the early 20th century. Panoramic photographs employ a variety of techniques to create a wide angle of view. The Boston office of the Notman Photo Co. copyrighted the photograph in 1909. The Notman firm was founded by William Notman (1826-91), a Scottish-born Canadian photographer who opened a studio in Montreal in 1856. Notman eventually became the largest photographic business in North America, with, at one time or another, seven studios in Canada and 19 in the northeastern United States. Notman’s son William McFarlane Notman took over the business after his father’s death. It continued until 1935, when Notman’s surviving son Charles sold the business and its extensive archive. The archive is now housed in the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal.

Last updated: September 29, 2014