Fine Art

  • # 27072

    Photographer unknown.

    Ambrotype of a handsome young man, circa 1855.

    [Probably U.K. or Australia : photographer unidentified, second half of the 1850s]. Quarter-plate ambrotype with hand colouring, 96 x 71 mm (sight), housed in its original wooden-based burgundy leather case with embossed velvet lining, 120 x 95 mm, both brass clasps working; the ambrotype is in fine condition (without any loss to the black emulsion), …

  • # 27949

    GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)

    Figure in a psychoscape. Series B No. 9

    Oil on board, 150 x 125 mm, signed lower right. Painted circa 1975. A fine example of Gleeson’s distinctive miniature scenes of a nude male figure in a psychoscape, an exploration of body and mind. ‘Renowned as Australia’s foremost surrealist painter and poet, James Gleeson’s oeuvre explores the human condition beyond visible reality and the …

  • # 28076

    WILLIAMS, Fred (1927-1982) 

    Bayswater Landscape 1959 

    Oil on board, 52.5 x 67.5 cm, signed lower left ‘Fred Williams’, framed (outside measurements 71 x 86.5 cm). Fred Williams returned to Melbourne in January 1957 after six years’ study in London, where he mainly worked on figurative subjects. Upon his return, he concentrated on the Australian landscape, first in Mittagong, N.S.W. in late 1957 and …

  • # 27029

    HURLEY, James Francis (Frank), 1885-1962

    An archive of photographs documenting the experience of soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front, 1917-18.

    Group of 44 (forty-four) gelatin silver prints in identical format 145 x 200 mm, unmounted; all versos with Frank Hurley’s negative number in pencil, and ten with an additional contemporary manuscript caption in ink (clearly written by an eyewitness) as follows: St. Quentin Canal; Passchendaele Stunt. Duck walk track; 48th Battalion awaiting orders to “Hop” in the Big …

  • # 27591

    Photographer unknown.

    Young Australian women dressed as Terpsichore and her chorus of dancers. Late 1890s.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 117 x 162 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint, verso blank. The print has some surface rubbing; the mount is clean. Terpsichore was one of the nine Muses and the goddess of dance and chorus in Greek mythology. In classical iconography she is generally depicted seated and holding a lyre …

  • # 27669

    MILLIGAN, Joseph Charles (photographer); [BUDGE, George S. B., RN]

    Photograph of a watercolour drawing of HMS Blanche aground on a coral reef in the Torres Strait near Cape Somerset, April 1870; with an eyewitness account by a crewman on the reverse. New South Wales, 1868-1871.

    Albumen print photograph of a watercolour drawing, carte de visite format, 105 x 64 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘J. C. Milligan Photographer, 84 King St. Sydney’ and a fully contemporary inscription in pencil written by a survivor of the shipwreck: ‘This was as the ship appeared at low water with the raft which …

  • # 28083


    Panoramic view of Trial Bay, New South Wales, late 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph, 220 x 355 mm, laid down on split card (section of original album page), titled Trial Bay in manuscript in negative bottom right; a superb print with rich tonal range and great clarity, in fine condition (very short edge tear bottom left). Rare early view of the settlement at Trial Bay on …

  • # 26468


    A pair of early photographic views of Sydney, collected by a French visitor in 1863-64: Woolloomooloo from the water’s edge, looking southeast; Potts Point taken from The Domain.

    I. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), 60 x 92 mm (print); verso with imprint of ‘Dalton’s Royal Photographic Gallery, 320 George Street, Sydney’, and three fully contemporary inscriptions: the first, in pencil, reads ‘Woolloomooloo Bay’, with the second immediately below it, also in pencil, ‘Vue de Sidney prise du …

  • # 26486

    TOOSE, Henry

    Children and teachers outside their school building. South coast of New South Wales, 1873.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 62 x 102 mm; verso with imprint of H. Toose, Photographic Artist, [the printed address, Corrimel Street, Wollongong, A few doors from Crown Street, has been crossed out by the photographer], and contemporary inscription in ink ‘Nov. 1st 73’; the albumen print has a little mottling in the negative, …

  • # 27402

    [ENARES, William Diaho, 1916-1978]

    [BLACKBIRDING] Photographic souvenir of A.I.F. serviceman Private William Enares, Palestine, 1942.

    [Palestine, s.n., 1942]. Postcard, 70 x 127 mm, photomontage with two vignette head-and-shoulder portraits – Enares on the right, his wife (or mother?) on the left – superimposed on a Palestine one pound banknote; verso inscribed by Enares: ‘Jan. 17th 1942. NX43965 Pte. W. D. Enares, B Company, Australian Machine Gun Training Battalion A.I.F.’; in …

  • # 28010

    BULMER, Howard Decimus (attributed)

    Aboriginal group on Cross’s Launch, Lake Tyers, Gippsland, circa 1920.

    Silver gelatin photograph, 89 x 139 mm, printed on Kodak Austral card stock, recto with printed caption at lower margin ‘Cross’s Launch Trips at Lake Tyers’; not postally used, and without written message; in fine condition. The Bairnsdale photographer Howard Bulmer was the son of the Rev. John Bulmer, the Church of England missionary who …

  • # 27610

    Maker unknown.

    [PLATYPUS] Hand-painted magic lantern glass slide with depictions of exotic animals.

    [U.K. : s.n., circa 1860]. Panorama format (45 x 235 mm sight), set within the original timber mount (70 x 260 mm), with four hand-painted designs over an opaque black-painted background, each with a caption etched by hand: Ornithorhincus (sic); Flying Squirrel; Beaver; Otter; no maker’s label or imprint; the slide is in very good …

  • # 27175


    Our colonies : Australia.

    London : W. Butcher & Sons, [circa 1910]. Series: Our Colonies. Chapter III. Australia (from the Primus Junior Lecturers’ Series, no. 742). Complete set of 8 hand-coloured magic lantern glass slides (each 80 x 80 mm), housed in their original box with illustrated lid (fine), and including the rarely seen ‘Lantern Lecture Reading’ information sheet for this …

  • # 27614


    Studio portrait of a pioneer settler in the Monaro district. Cooma, circa 1870.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm (mount); verso imprinted ‘Baxter & McDonald, Photographers, Cooma, Manaro [sic], N.S.W.’; a strong print with exceptional clarity, in fine condition. A rare carte de visite by the southern New South Wales travelling partnership of Robert Baxter and Alexander McDonald, who were based in Cooma in 1870-71. …

  • # 27422


    Pair of photographic portraits of the great aerialist Charles Blondin. Melbourne, 1874.

    Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mounts), both captioned in image ‘Farewell of Le Chevalier Blondin’; verso of one (Blondin riding a bicycle on the highwire) with the imprint of Paterson Brothers, Photographic Artists, Portrait Rooms, 12 Bourke St. East, Melbourne, the other verso blank; the albumen prints are a …

  • # 27504

    POCHEE [POOCHEE], Biggingee Sorabjee

    Studio portrait of a married couple. Ipswich, Queensland, circa 1874.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 61 mm (mount); verso imprinted ‘Photographed by Biggingee Sorabjee Pochee, Brisbane St. Ipswich’; a strong print with excellent tonality and clarity, in very good condition with a couple of tiny scratches in the image upper right, and a pin hole at top edge margin of mount; verso of …