Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 43600

    REID, Hughie

    Group of Arabana men dressed for corroboree. Peake Creek, Far North South Australia, 1902.

    Sepia tone gelatin silver print photograph, cabinet card format, 120 x 165 mm (mount); verso inscribed in ink: ‘Dicker / Blacks in Corroboree Dress, taken by Hughie Reid at Peake Creek, Far North, 1902‘; despite the fact it was not taken by a professional photographer, this is a very sharp print; it has a few …

  • # 43581

    DAVIES, Alan; STANBURY, Peter

    The mechanical eye in Australia: photography, 1841-1900.

    Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1986. Second printing. Quarto (290 x 220 mm), publisher’s black cloth in dust jacket, light wear to head of spine, illustrated endpapers, 270 pp, profusely illustrated; previous owner’s name neatly inscribed; a very good copy of the most useful reference work on Australian colonial photography yet published, now very scarce.

  • # 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 …

  • # 41951

    BONAPARTE, Prince Roland (1858-1924)

    Billy, Jenny and her son Toby: the last three survivors of R. A. Cunningham’s touring company of Aborigines from North Queensland. Paris, November 1885.

    Two albumen print photographs, in identical 160 x 117 mm format (approximately cabinet card size); laid down side-by-side on their original mount of thin card, 310 x 405 mm, lower margin of the mount with a calligraphic caption in ink: Collection anthropologique du Prince Roland Bonaparte; both prints with some loss of contrast, scattered pale …

  • # 41953

    BONAPARTE, Prince Roland (1858-1924)

    Billy, one of the last three survivors of R. A. Cunningham’s touring company of Aborigines from North Queensland. Paris, November 1885.

    BONAPARTE, Prince Roland (1858-1924) Billy, one of the last three survivors of R. A. Cunningham’s touring company of Aborigines from North Queensland. Paris, November 1885. Two albumen print photographs, in identical large 220 x 170 mm format; laid down side-by-side on their original mount of thin card, 310 x 405 mm, lower margin of the …

  • # 41961

    H. B. ALBERT & CO.

    Group of Wardandi Noongar people. Bunbury, Western Australia, early 1900s.

    Perth & Bunbury : H. B. Albert & Co., Booksellers, [ca. 1906]. Chromolithographic postcard, 87 x 138 mm, recto with printed caption: ‘Group of Bunbury Aboriginal Natives, W. A.’, and brief inscriptions by the sender at upper left and top edge; verso with more substantial handwritten message (the whole of which must have been written …

  • # 40440

    DUESBURY, Samuel

    Woman seated beside a man standing and holding an axe. Brisbane, circa 1870.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 61 mm (mount); verso with wet stamp of ‘S. Duesbury, Photographer, Brisbane’; a superb print with rich tonal range, in excellent condition. Staffordshire-born photographer Samuel Duesbury was active in Brisbane from 1868. Along with Thomas Bevan, Daniel Marquis, and John Watson, he was one of the four …

  • # 33446

    KRUGER, Johann Friedrich Carl (Fred), (1831-1888); [PERKINS, Horace]

    Album of the kings &​ queens of Victoria

    [Melbourne : compiled and published by H. Perkins & Co., The Gift Depot, c.1880]. Duodecimo, blue papered boards with gilt stamped lettering and ornament, cloth spine, containing folding concertina of [12] panels with lithographic illustrations after Kruger’s photographic portraits of surviving leaders of Aboriginal tribes of Victoria, originally taken at various times between around 1866 …

  • # 41367

    LE FAIVRE, O. J.

    [FIJI] Studio portrait of a man known as “Cannibal Tom”. Suva, 1906.

    Printing-out-paper print photograph, 202 x 150 mm; inscribed in negative ‘Protected / O. J. Le Faivre 19.11.06’; verso with oval wet stamp worded ‘More copies of this / Photo can be had from / Le Faivres Art Studioes [sic] / SUVA, FIJI’; superb clarity and tonal range; a couple of nicks to the left-hand edge …

  • # 41372

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    Aboriginal man in a fighting stance, with parrying shield, club and boomerang.

    [Between 1890 and 1900]. Albumen print photograph, 205 x 155 mm; in manuscript in the negative at bottom left ‘624. Australian Aboriginal, N.S.W. / H. King Photo., Syd.’; mounted recto of its original 19th-century album leaf (the leaf has been professionally “split”); in very good condition. Unfortunately this image bears one of Henry King’s characteristically generic …

  • # 40974

    Photographer unknown.

    Portrait of a Fijian man probably associated with the Wesleyan Methodist mission. Fijian Islands, circa 1907.

    Large format silver bromide print photograph, 290 x 245 mm, on its original board mount, 450 x 385 mm; the print is a little over-exposed but is in good condition; the verso is annotated in pencil by a picture-framer with the customer name ‘Danks’, and the instruction ‘1 pol[ished] oak, at once’; the print was removed …

  • # 41103

    BURTON BROTHERS

    [SAMOA] Lt. Gaunt’s squad drilling. (Apia, 1899).

    Albumen print photograph, 145 x 200 mm, laid down on its original card mount, 245 x 295 mm; ms. caption in the negative reads: ‘6395. Lt. Gaunt’s Squad drilling. Burton Bros. Dunedin. Protected, Oct. ’99’; the print is in good condition; the mount is sunned at the edges and has a tiny amount of insect damage at …

  • # 40871

    KRUGER, Johann Friedrich Carl (Fred), (1831-1888); [PERKINS, Horace]

    Album of the kings &​ queens of Victoria

    [Melbourne : compiled and published by H. Perkins & Co., The Gift Depot, c.1880]. Duodecimo, original cloth-backed faux tortoise-shell pattern papered boards with gilt stamped lettering and ornament, edges lightly rubbed, containing folding concertina of [12] panels with leporello reproductions of Kruger’s photographic portraits of surviving leaders of Aboriginal tribes of Victoria, originally taken at …

  • # 39212

    RIEMER, Gustav Adolf (1842-1899)

    Group of original photographs from a Prussian expedition to the Far East and South Seas, 1874-77.

    Six stereoscopic albumen print photographs, individual images 68 x 68 mm, mounted in identical pairs to the back of the original embossed mounts of thin black card, each 85 x 175 mm, rectos with the photographer’s original pencilled sequence numbers at lower right corners, versos with later pencilled sequence numbers corresponding to the numbers of …

  • # 40114

    STEWART & CO.

    Studio portrait of a young woman, possibly of Polynesian heritage. Melbourne, circa 1890.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 163 x 113 mm (gilt-edged mount), recto of mount with imprint of ‘Stewart & Co., 42 Bourke St. East, Melbourne’; the original decorative tissue guard is still attached at top edge; the print and mount are in superb condition, while the tissue guard has a few spots of foxing, but …

  • # 39764

    SPITZ, Charles Georges or HOARE, Sophia (attributed)

    [TAHITI; MUSIC] Airs tahitiens : Arue! Arue!

    [Circa 1885]. Albumen print photograph (160 x 210 mm) of two pages of music notation (the original was most likely handwritten and then lithographically printed before it was photographed); generic title legible as Airs tahitiens at the head of the left-hand page, with the title of the individual tune Arue! Arue! (= Praise! Praise!) at the head of …