Photographs - Portraits

  • # 16486

    MENDELSSOHN, Albert

    [TICHBORNE CASE] The great fight for £40,000 a year, between “Little Touchbone” the “Hampshire Infant” and Stoney-Hurst, the great Australian slogger.

    [Title from artist’s caption]. London : Albert Mendelssohn, [1871]. Albumen print photograph of a satirical cartoon (artist’s monogram W.L. in the image), carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), artist’s manuscript caption across the bottom margin of the image, mount with blind stamp of ‘Albert Mendelssohn, London’; recto printed ‘Copyright Registered’; in fine condition. The …

  • # 15815

    [Possibly Frederick FRITH, 1819-1871]

    Ivorytype portrait of Laura Lilias Scratchley, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Scratchley, Melbourne, January 1863.

    This masterful portrait of the beautiful Laura Lilias Scratchley, sister of Thomas Alexander Browne (the author ‘Rolf Boldrewood’), was created when she was 19 years and 4 months old, soon after her marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel Scratchley of the Royal Engineers (later Sir Peter Scratchley, colonial administrator). It is an extremely rare Australian example – the earliest known – of a …

  • # 15902

    SCOTT, Montagu

    Photographic portrait of Jane Selina Nathan, daughter of composer and music publisher Isaac Nathan and wife of Lord Howe Island pioneer settler Dr. John Foulis. Sydney, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph with hand coloring, carte de visite format, 103 x 65 mm (mount), 53 x 41 mm (oval image); verso with imprint of ‘Montagu Scott, Artist, 392 George St. Sydney, Photographer by Appointment to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’, and pencilled inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Jane Selina Nathan, Mrs. Foulis’; …

  • # 15859

    Photographer unknown.

    Tintype photograph of a woman in a makeshift studio with bluestone wall, painted backdrop and rustic props.

    [Victoria, Australia : photographer unknown, between 1880 and 1885]. Sixth plate tintype photograph, 100 x 60 mm, unmounted and in good condition. The tintype, a very cheap (but too often nasty) photographic process, became popular in North America during the Civil War period. It met with fairly limited success in Australia from the early 1880s to around 1900, but …

  • # 16073

    MENDELSSOHN, Albert

    [TICHBORNE CASE] The great fight for £40,000 a year, between “Little Touchbone” the “Hampshire Infant” and Stoney-Hurst, the great Australian slogger.

    [Title from artist’s caption]. London : Albert Mendelssohn, [1871]. Albumen print photograph of a satirical cartoon (artist’s monogram W.L. in the image), carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), artist’s manuscript caption across the bottom margin of the image, mount with blind stamp of ‘Albert Mendelssohn, London’; recto and verso printed ‘Copyright Registered’; in fine …

  • # 16064

    GREGORY, George

    Photographic portraits of a mother and daughter, Goulburn, New South Wales, 1865-66.

    Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, each 63 x 103 mm, versos with imprint of ‘G. Gregory Photographer Auburn Street Goulburn’, and contemporary inscriptions in ink and pencil: ‘Oct. 17th 1865, Aged 15 years / E. Andrews, Goulburn’ and ‘Age 50 years 1866 / Taken April 1866’, respectively; the albumen prints and mounts …

  • # 16031

    BAILY, Henry Hall

    Photographic portrait of a young girl wearing a fur-trimmed cape and dress, Hobart Town, late 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), recto and verso of mount with imprint of ‘H.H. Baily, from the London School of Photography, Prize Medallist, Highest Awards for Album Portraits Melbourne Exhibition 1866-67. 94 Liverpool Street, Hobart Town / Tasmanian views from all parts of the Island’; …

  • # 16045

    TAYLOR, George P.

    Photographic portrait of a young woman reclining, posing with skittles. Ulverstone, Tasmania, 1898-1900.

    Silver bromide print, large cabinet card format, 135 x 185 mm (mount), 102 x 135 mm (image), recto of mount with imprint of ‘G.P. Taylor, Reibey Street, Ulverstone, Tasmania’; verso blank; the print with a few tiny spots of foxing, and a small white developing flaw above the left hand skittle. A highly unusual pre-Federation …

  • # 16032

    ANSON BROS.

    Photographic portrait of a widowed father with his two sons and the family dog, Hobart, circa 1885.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 165 x 117 mm (mount), recto of mount with imprint of ‘Anson Bros Hobart’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A poignant studio portrait in which the mother’s absence is almost certainly explained by the father’s black mourning armband, made prominent by the photographer in …

  • # 16066

    BRUGSCH, Émile

    Mummified head of the Pharaoh Ramesses II

    [Egypt : Émile Brugsch, circa 1881]. Silver albumen print, 225 x 180 mm, captioned in negative ‘Ramses II, No. 406’; laid down on a nineteenth century album page, mount with contemporary inscription in pencil  ‘Egypt / Mummy’; print slightly pale and with a tiny perforation at top left corner. Egyptologist and photographer Émile Brugsch was …

  • # 15808

    BOCK, Alfred (1835-1920)

    Photographic portrait of a lady in a fine dress, Hobart Town, circa 1865

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm, verso of mount with imprint in blue ink of Alfred Bock, City Photographic Establishment, 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A superb studio portrait of a wealthy lady wearing a fine taffeta dress. In her left hand she holds what appears …

  • # 15724

    Photographer unknown.

    [TASMANIA] A daguerreotype portrait of a woman wearing a bonnet and Paisley pattern dress, identified as “Mary Ann Fielding of Australia”

    [Australia? : s.n., circa 1860]. Ninth plate daguerreotype, exposed image 56 x 43 mm, still sealed in its original pressed copper mat and frame, 71 x 55 mm; verso with the original leather backing inscribed in an early twentieth century hand ‘Mary Ann Fielding of Australia. Mother’s namesake’; original string for suspension; the daguerreotype is intact, with scattered tarnishing beneath the cover …

  • # 15695

    Photographer unknown.

    Gold digger and Aborigine, Port Darwin, September 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …

  • # 15797

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portrait of the young Annette Kellerman, Marrickville, 1888.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (mount 103 x 65 mm); verso with contemporary inscription in ink ‘Annette M. Kellerman, Marrickville 1888’; no photographer’s imprint; the albumen print is lightly rubbed, with scattered mottling in the negative; the gilt-edged mount has been trimmed along the bottom edge. A hitherto unknown family photograph of the young …

  • # 15636

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888)

    [ADELAIDE; WINE] Photographic portrait of Sarah and Ann Jacob, circa 1866

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63, verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Photographer to His Excellency, 66 King William St., Adelaide’, and an inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Sarah Jacob / Born April 21st 1851 / Anne (sic) Jacob / Born Dec. 17 1853’; both the albumen print and mount are …

  • # 15686

    [MEAGHER, Thomas Francis, 1823-67]

    [TASMANIA] General Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Nationalist, convict in Van Diemen’s Land

    [U.S.A. : s.n., circa 1865. Albumen print photograph of a painting or drawing, carte de visite format (102 x 61 mm), printed caption below image ‘Maj. Gen. Meagher’; no studio imprint; in fine condition. Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-67) was a prominent figure in the 1848 Irish Rebellion, during which he was captured by the British and arrested …

  • # 15746

    CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)

    [ABORIGINES] Group of natives, Victoria

    Circa 1895. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘Group of Natives, Victoria’; in good condition. An exterior portrait of an Aboriginal group in European clothing at Lake Tyers Mission, in far eastern Victoria. The image was taken by the photographer …

  • # 15479

    DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER (Staff photographer)

    Aborigines watching the arrival of Amy Johnson’s aeroplane at Darwin, May 24 1930.

    Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 215 x 165 mm, verso with a Daily Mail (U.K.) journalist’s typed description of the photograph pasted down, accompanied by what are evidently contemporary annotations made by an unidentified American newspaper’s editorial staff, including the word ‘Negroes’, and the newspaper’s date stamp of ‘Jun 21 1930’; the print has a light …

  • # 15650

    McCOOK, Winifred (1923-2015)

    Photograph of a group of Papuan children, inscribed in Tok Pisin

    [Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea, c.1965]. Black and white photograph on glossy paper, 75 x 105 mm; verso inscribed in Tok Pisin by one of the boys in the portrait, for the photographer, Australian anthropogist and lawyer Winifred McCook: ‘Mi laikim sampela pato bilong papa na mama na susa brata bilom yu tu. Mi gat lupela …

  • # 15823

    JOHNSTONE, O'SHANNESSY & CO.

    Photographic portrait of Margaret Lorigan, teacher at the Victorian Deaf and Dumb Institute, Melbourne, 1871.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm, with the imprint of the Melbourne studio of Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co.; verso inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand: ‘M. Lorigan. April 5th 1871’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A lovely vignette portrait of Miss Margaret Lorigan, who was appointed assistant to the …

  • # 15482

    SEYMOUR, J. [John T.?]

    Photographic portrait of a gentleman, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 65 mm, verso with imprint of ‘J. Seymour, Photographer, Queensberry Street West (opposite the King’s Arms Hotel), Hotham’; the albumen print with a slight loss of contrast, otherwise in fine condition. An interesting and quite early studio portrait of a confident looking gentleman with an intense stare. …

  • # 15381

    GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)

    Taïti

    [Papeete?] : L. Gauthier, [c.1910]. Oblong quarto, original pictorial wrappers with photographic onlay to front, original silk ties, pp [2 text], [12] leaves of plates with 31 photographs by Lucien Gauthier, and Art Nouveau-style colour illustrations by Ed. Rocher; a very good copy of a stunningly designed publication.

  • # 15433

    [GEORGE WILLIAM PERRY; WILMOT & KEY; JOSEPH TURNER]

    [GEELONG] Photographic portraits of Rebecca Greenwood (née Morrison) and her children

    1865-1870. Five albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, each approximately 100 x 60 mm; two with the imprint of George William Perry, Melbourne (mother and daughter); one with the imprint of Wilmot & Key, Geelong (boy holding tall-backed chair, dated May 1867); one with the imprint of Turner’s New Portrait Rooms (hand coloured), and …

  • # 15324

    SANG, A.

    Studio portrait photograph of an American merchant seaman, Hong Kong, circa 1890

    Silver albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 175 x 112 mm (mount), recto with gilt lettered imprint of ‘A. Sang, 171 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong’; verso with the studio’s elaborate gilt back mark, featuring a vignette illustration of a Chinese junk, and ‘A. Sang. Photographer and Portrait Painter. 171, Queen’s Road Central, Opp. Fire Engine House. Honking, China.’, …

  • # 15350

    OBERGASSNER, M.

    [BOER WAR] Propaganda photograph promoting the cause of German Boers, taken in Munich in 1900.

    Munich : M. Obergassner, 1900. Silver gelatin photograph, 125 x 175 mm, embossed imprint of ‘M. Obergassner … München, 1900’, on original board mount with imprint of the Munich photographic studio of M. Obergassner, contemporary caption in pencil to lower margin ‘Taken in Germany during the South African War’; the photograph is in fine condition; …

  • # 15000

    [THOMAS ADAMS HILL]; GLENNY, Henry (1835-1910)

    Photographic portrait of the explorer Robert O’Hara Burke

    Mid-1860 [but probably published early 1863]. Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, amount 105 x 63 mm, vignetted image 50 x 50 mm, recto of mount inscribed in contemporary hand ‘Bourke’ (sic), and verso inscribed in the same hand (with the correct spelling) ‘Burke’; no studio imprint; albumen print with faint …

  • # 15048

    [HOGG, John J., attributed]

    Photographic portrait of an Aboriginal youth holding a sword club, Queensland, circa 1895

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x mm, unmounted; no photographer’s imprint; some corner creasing at upper right corner, otherwise in good condition. The young subject is holding a sword club from the Queensland rainforest region; the other studio props are a Queensland Gulmari shield and a fighting boomerang. The photographer was possibly John Hogg, who produced …

  • # 15038

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928)

    “Warryne”. Aboriginal, Yass district, N.S.W.

    Albumen print photograph, 200 x 150 mm, unmounted; manuscript caption in the negative ‘1954. “Warryne”. Aboriginal, Yass district, N.S.W. Kerry Photo. Sydney’; blindstamped lower left ‘Kerry & Co. Photo. 508 Geo. St. Sydney Copyright’; a strong print with good tonal range, light foxing and mild creasing at the corners. A compelling portrait by Charles Kerry …

  • # 15240

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas (1860-1933)

    A group of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    Five photographs on early printing out paper, each approximately 100 x 145 mm, unmounted; all are outdoor shots of Aboriginal subjects (four with the photographer’s pencilled caption verso); sourced with a group of Lingwood Smith portrait photographs of South and Central Australian Aborigines in identical format, inscribed in the same hand and bearing contemporary captions in ink ‘South …

  • # 15819

    SALT, M.; [REDFERN, Richard]

    [NEW ZEALAND] View of the Wesleyan Methodist parsonage at Paparoa, home of Rev. T.N. Griffin, circa 1885.

    Silver albumen print photograph, 105 x 155 mm, on cabinet card mount of Auckland photographer R. Redfern; verso with near contemporary paper label inscribed ‘Mr. M. Salt / Paparoa W[esleyan] Parsonage, taken 5 years ago. Revd. T.N. Griffin & W[ife]’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. This photograph was taken around 1885 by …

  • # 14795

    GLAISTER, Thomas Skelton, 1825-1904

    Photographic portraits of a father and his two children, Sydney, circa 1865

    Three albumen print photographs in carte de visite format, 101 x 63 mm, versos with imprint of T.S. Glaister. Sydney; the albumen prints in very good condition, the mounts with a tiny amount of pale foxing. The professional photographer Thomas Glaister arrived in Melbourne in 1854 from New York, but by 1855 had opened a studio …

  • # 14831

    NEWMAN, John Hubert

    Photographic portrait of Rev. William Curnow, Wesleyan minister and journalist, Sydney, 1865-68

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (107 x 64 mm, mount; 60 x 48 mm, oval image); inscribed beneath image in ink in a contemporary hand 'Rev. W. Curnow'; recto and verso with imprint of J.H. Newman, 53 South Head Road, Sydney; recto with light staining and rubbing. Wesleyan Methodist clergyman and journalist William Curnow …

  • # 14804

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographs of Marind-Anim people, southern Dutch New Guinea, circa 1935

    Group of 6 (of 12) silver gelatin photographs, each 97 x 69 mm, accompanied by their original envelope printed in Japanese Ran-ryō niuginia Shima shokujinshu no fūzoku [=Customs of a Species of Cannibals from Dutch New-Guinea]; the photographs and envelope are in very good condition. The Marind-Anim inhabit the southeastern region of what was formerly …

  • # 7904

    HOOD, John 1839-1924, colourist (attributed); DURYEA, Townsend 1823-1888, photographer (attributed)

    Painted photographic portrait of a wealthy lady in mourning, Adelaide, circa 1864

    Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, 123 x 116 mm, laid down on its original wood mount; in fine condition; unfortunately the original frame is now lost, the back of which, according to the previous owner, bore the printed label of the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea, 66 & 68 King William Street, Adelaide. The …

  • # 14737

    CURTIS, A.

    Photographic portrait of an adolescent girl with light auburn hair, West Maitland, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 103 x 60 mm, recto of mount imprinted at bottom margin 'A. Curtis, Late E. Hart, West Maitland'; verso with period inscription in pencil 'C. Match Melbourne v. Syd. Melb. won by 25 runs'; the albumen print is a little pale and has some mild …

  • # 14569

    LENTZ BROS.

    [CIRCUS HISTORY] The Australian Wild Children

    Circa 1875. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 165 x 115 mm, printed caption on mount beneath image, verso with studio imprint of Lentz Bros., Peru, Ind[iana].; the albumen print is a little faded and has some light marks; the mount is in good condition. A portrait of two microencephalic sideshow 'freaks', whose physical appearance …

  • # 14374

    Photographer unknown.

    An intriguing Australian colonial photograph, circa 1870

    Albumen print photograph,155 x 110 mm, laid down on its original nineteenth century card mount, 250 x 180 mm; both the albumen print and mount are foxed (the mount more heavily so).  Dating to around 1870, this photograph was probably taken by a travelling photographer somewhere in regional eastern or southern Australia. Two gentlemen and …

  • # 14528

    ROSE STEREOGRAPH CO.

    Great suffragette demonstration in London. The Australian section

    forming up on the Thames Embankment. Melbourne ; Sydney ; Wellington ; London : The Rose Stereograph Co., [1911]. Stereoscopic gelatin silver print photograph (mount 95 x 175 mm), from the series Great suffragette demonstration in London, serial no. 11,954, printed title beneath the images; recto of mount imprinted The Rose Stereographs Melbourne ; Sydney …

  • # 14407

    [HOARE, Susan, attributed]

    Photographic portrait of a young Tahitian man, circa 1870

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format with arched top edge, 93 x 60 mm, laid down on section of its original nineteenth century album leaf with decorative border in pencil; in good condition. 

  • # 14408

    [HOARE, Susan, attributed]

    Photographic portrait of a three young Tahitian women, circa 1870

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format with arched top edge, 93 x 60 mm, laid down on section of its original nineteenth century album leaf with decorative border in pencil; in good condition.

  • # 14235

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portraits of native men, Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 1910

    Three large format photographic magic lantern glass slides, each 120 x 90 mm, the mounts with paper labels bearing the same contemporary manuscript caption in German Admiralitätsinseln (Admiralty Islands) and the imprint of the Bavarian magic lantern firm Lichtbild-Anstalt G. Bachschmid, Kempten-Allgäu; all three slides are in superb condition.  These powerful portrait photographs were taken not …

  • # 14236

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portraits of Germans and natives, Neu-Mecklenburg, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 1910

    Two large format photographic magic lantern glass slides, each 90 x 120 mm, the mounts with paper labels bearing the same contemporary manuscript caption in German Neu-Mecklenburg (the German name for New Ireland) and the imprint of the Bavarian magic lantern firm Lichtbild-Anstalt G. Bachschmid, Kempten-Allgäu; both slides are in superb condition. These intimate portrait …

  • # 14186

    GROUP SERIES

    [BLACK AMERICANA] Future Rulers of Florida

    [U.S.A.] : “Group Series”, [between 1890 and 1900]. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, 77 x 145 mm, mount 90 x 170 mm, captioned in negative Future Rulers of Florida; the mount imprinted “Group Series”; verso blank; the print is in good condition with slight loss of contrast to the left side; note that the print is …

  • # 14022

    HARDING, William James

    Studio portrait of four young Māori women, circa 1867

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 91 x 62 mm, mount 105 x 63 mm, blind stamped W.J. Harding at lower right margin; verso with contemporary inscription 'Group of Maorie Ladies For Mr. J. Allison'; both the albumen print and mount are in very good condition.  A fine studio portrait by the early Whanganui photographer, …

  • # 13991

    Photographer unknown.

    Portrait of a Māori with facial tattooing, moko

    Circa 1870. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 78 x 55 mm (image), 104 x 63 mm (mount), no photographer's imprint; verso with early pencilled inscription Paull Haks; both the albumen print and mount are in very good condition. A fine studio portrait of a Māori man with facial tattooing, moko, wearing European clothing.

  • # 14005

    [VICTORIA. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE] Photographer unknown.

    Photograph of the Victorian Better Farming Train and associated dignitaries, 1924

    Gelatin silver photograph, 150 x 200 mm, laid down on its original board mount; the print has some mild staining and the mount is lightly foxed. The Better Farming Train was an agricultural demonstration train which toured Victoria in the 1920s to promote better farming practices. The Department of Agriculture described the train as an …

  • # 13238

    Photographer unknown.

    [GOLD RUSH] Ambrotype of Samuel and Elizabeth Bates, emigrants to Australia, 1855

    [United Kingdom or France] : [s.n.], 1855. Quarter plate ambrotype photograph with hand colouring, 130 x 105 mm, with original passe-partout frame comprising the cover glass (180 x 140 mm) and papered chip-board preserver with oval cut-out and gold painted border; the ambrotype with the original blackened backing paper intact, affixed to the back of …

  • # 13894

    CAPRA, Giuseppe (1873-1952)

    Shearing sheep by machine in North Queensland

    Circa 1910. [Title from translation of inscription verso]. Silver gelatin photograph, 165 x 210 mm, contemporary inscriptions in ink verso: “Tosatura a macchina delle pecore in N. Queensland” and “D.G. Capra, Pont St Martin”; unmounted; tiny crease at top right corner, otherwise fine. A photograph showing the animated interior of a Queensland shearing shed. A …

  • # 13822

    NETTLETON, Charles

    [EQUESTRIAN] Napoleon I.

    Circa 1875. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 64 mm (mount), recto imprinted at lower margin Napoleon I. C. Nettleton, Photo. Melbourne; blank verso; the albumen print with slight loss of contrast; the mount in fine condition. A possibly unrecorded photograph of a horse trainer and his performing horse, Napoleon I, taken …

  • # 13821

    NETTLETON, Charles

    [EQUESTRIAN] Lion and Tiger

    Circa 1875. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 64 x 106 mm (mount), recto imprinted at lower margin Lion & Tiger. C. Nettleton, Photo. Melbourne; blank verso; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition.  A possibly unrecorded photograph of a horse trainer and his two performing horses, Lion and Tiger, taken …