Fine Art

  • # 42873

    GORUS, John T.

    Studio portrait of a gentleman with a long white beard, wearing a light-coloured hat. Sydney, late 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 64 mm (mount), recto of mount imprinted J. T. Gorus Sydney; verso imprinted From the Studio of J. T. Gorus, Photographic Artist, 101 King Street, Sydney, New South Wales; both the print and mount are in excellent condition.

  • # 42931

    HOUGHTON, Suzanne

    Goat on a boat (original cover art for the publication)

    Colour pencil and watercolour on artist’s card, 310 x 295 mm, signed lower right, accompanied by a signed letter and related ephemera. The original cover illustration for the children’s book Goat on a boat (Sydney : Omnibus, 2019), written by Nick Dent and illustrated by Suzanne Houghton. ‘When a goat arrives on a rocky island, the …

  • # 42611

    "The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition"

    The house New Zealand built in England

    London : The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, 1950. Oblong quarto, full crushed red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, the panels ruled and lettered in gilt, spine in compartments with raised bands, ruled in gilt, all edges gilt, endpapers creased, introductory text, 35 original photographs mounted on cards with printed captions opposite. Ex-library the …

  • # 42979

    Photographer unknown.

    [SYDNEY] Camp in Middle Harbour.

    [Title from inscription]. Albumen print photograph, 105 x 190 mm; inscribed in pencil verso in a fully contemporary hand ‘Camp in Middle Harbour’; in very good condition; unmounted. A charming 1890s outdoor portrait by an unidentified photographer – possibly an amateur – of a group of Sydneysiders enjoying recreation time on the Middle Harbour foreshore. …

  • # 42731

    MINSHULL & MEESON

    Chester. A series of 12 etchings, illustrating chief points of interest in the city

    Cover title : Chester : a collection of etchings. Chester : Minshull & Neeson, c.d. [c. 1895]. Folio (380 x 275 mm), gilt-lettered blue cloth (corners rubbed, light wear, patch of discolouration to lower board), patterned endpapers, previous owner’s wet stamp to endpaper, title page, and over a presentation inscription on a preliminary which is …

  • # 42988

    THE ADELAIDE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY (DURYEA, Townsend, proprietor; SOLOMON, Saul, manager)

    Japanese members of the Tycoon Troupe of acrobats. Adelaide, March 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount); verso with the highly decorative back mark of ‘T. Duryea. The Adelaide School of Photography. 51 Rundle Street, Adelaide. S. Solomon, Manager’; the print has lost a tiny amount of contrast but is in very good condition, as is the mount. A Japanese …

  • # 43046

    ROBET JOLLEY (publisher)

    Wayside pictures of N. S. Wales and Australian scenery : ninety-three selected views.

    Melbourne : Robert Jolley, [ca. 1900]. Small oblong quarto (190 x 250 mm), publisher’s wrappers with embossed lettering and decoration in gilt (lightly marked), original silk ties; [24] pp., with 93 monochrome photomechanical process views of Sydney and regional New South Wales (including the Snowy Mountains, Kiama, Woollongong, and Newcastle), plus a small number of …

  • # 43056

    STAR PHOTO CO.

    Souvenir of sunny New South Wales.

    [Cover title]. Sydney, NSW : Star Photo Co., [ca. 1910]. Oblong octavo (150 x 230 mm), publisher’s pictorial wrappers lettered and decorated in gilt (water-stained), original blue ribbon ties partially preserved, pp. 40, all full-page photomechanical process plates with views of Sydney, plus at the rear an impressive five-panel folding panorama of Sydney Harbour taken …

  • # 42003

    WOMEN'S WORK OF THE METHODIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY

    Women’s Work of the Methodist Missionary Society collection box, circa 1932.

    [London, UK : Methodist Missionary Society, ca. 1932]. Wooden box, 125 x 75 x 75 mm, with chromolithographic labels on five sides; the label on the top of the box is worded: METHODIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY / WOMENS’ WORK / LIGHTED TO LIGHTEN; the four sides have pictorial labels depicting women missionaries at work, captioned TEACH …

  • # 41025

    BEATTIE, John Watt (1859-1930)

    A suite of large-format photographs documenting the environmental impact of mining activities around Mount Lyell on Tasmania’s West Coast, circa 1896.

    [Hobart : J. W. Beattie, circa 1896]. Nineteen albumen print photographs, in uniform 270 x 360 mm format; all with Beattie’s caption, serial number and name in manuscript in the negative; unmounted; the prints are generally strong, with excellent clarity and tonal range; several with minor edge tears, a couple with very light foxing. A …

  • # 43115

    ELITE STUDIO (JONES & LOTZ) (SAN FRANCISCO); WENDT, Frank (NEW YORK)

    Two studio portraits of Australian Aborigines from North Queensland in R. A. Cunningham’s second touring company, taken in San Francisco (late 1892) and New York (early 1894).

    I. San Francisco : Elite Studio, Jones & Lotz, 838 Market Street, [1892]. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format (108 x 163 mm, mount), recto with embossed studio imprint at left margin; verso with contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Nov. 3 92 Stockton Cal. saw them throw them. Photo of Cannibals from Australia who use the …

  • # 43006

    HIGHFOLD, Melvina (1927-1966)

    Wooden box with painted decoration. Koonibba Mission, South Australia, early 1940s.

    Handmade wooden box, 155 x 155 x 70 mm, the hinged lid with a painted scene of an Australian pastoral property under moonlight, within a simple red and black border; the words Souvenir / Koonibba are painted in gold in the bottom right corner of the image; on the base, an inscription in pencil, though …

  • # 43098

    OLSEN, John (1928 - 2023)

    Paella (signed)

    Offset lithograph, 210 x 150 mm, on fine paper watermarked Holland, signed in pen by John Olsen and dated 2008. A whimsical signed print of one of John Olsen’s recurring subjects, the Spanish paella.

  • # 42961

    Robert ASHTON (1950- )

    Bush opera

    Ambrotype (wet collodion positive on glass), mammoth plate format, 230 x 300 mm (9 x 12 inches); signed and dated 2024 by the photographer verso; housed in a custom handmade protective box. One of the sixteen unique ambrotypes that form renowned Australian photographer Robert Ashton’s latest body of work Ghost Camera, for which he returned …

  • # 42969

    Robert ASHTON (1950- )

    Phantasm 2

    Ambrotype (wet collodion positive on glass), mammoth plate format, 230 x 300 mm (9 x 12 inches); signed and dated 2024 by the photographer verso; housed in a custom handmade protective box. One of the sixteen unique ambrotypes that form renowned Australian photographer Robert Ashton’s latest body of work Ghost Camera, for which he returned …

  • # 42966

    Robert ASHTON (1950- )

    Ghost

    Ambrotype (wet collodion positive on glass), mammoth plate format, 230 x 300 mm (9 x 12 inches); signed and dated 2024 by the photographer verso; housed in a custom handmade protective box. One of the sixteen unique ambrotypes that form renowned Australian photographer Robert Ashton’s latest body of work Ghost Camera, for which he returned …