Bute House skating party, Montreal, QC, composite, 1873

Physical activity and its benefits were advocated so vigorously during the Victorian era that the strictures that once forbade women from taking part in sports were coming undone. Sports such as skating, tennis, bicycling and curling gradually opened up to women, although the age-old concerns about their ill effects on them did not immediately disappear.

William Notman
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Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
20 x 25 cm
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