Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 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 …

  • # 29297

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 38920

    Photographer unknown.

    Indigenous family and their dwelling, Demerara, British Guiana.

    [Georgetown, British Guiana : s.n., late 1860s]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 64 x 100 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; verso with fully contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Indian boys, Demerara’, and in pencil: ‘S.A.’ (i.e. South America); although it is a copy-print made at the time, the print has plenty of detail and is …

  • # 13453

    BAER, Karl Ernst von (1792-1876)

    Types principaux des différentes races humaines dans les cinq parties du monde,

    modelés sous la direction du Pr. Baer de St. Petersbourg. St. Petersburg : s.n., [1862]. Portfolio, 500 x 330 mm, original embossed boards with title to front, original silk ties, inner front board with early collection inscription of the Königliche Präparanden-Anstalt (Royal Preparatory Institute), Herborn; containing [12] albumen print photographs, [7] in format 225 x …