Photographs - Portraits

  • # 23434

    Photographer unknown.

    Reclining female nude wearing a black mask.

    [Probably France, between 1860 and 1865]. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each individual image 79 x 72 mm (arched format), original plain yellow mount 86 x 172 mm, verso blank; both albumen prints are in very good condition (a few tiny ink spots), with rich tonal range. This very early and striking example of commercial erotic photography …

  • # 23975

    Josef Lebovic Gallery

    Masterpieces of Australian photography

    Edited by Josef Lebovic and Joanne Cahill with the assistance of Suzette Cooke. Sydney : Josef Lebovic Gallery, 1989. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 200, illustrated. A scholarly catalogue of historical Australian photography c. 1850s – 1980s. Price list enclosed

  • # 23258

    [MANNING & KNIGHT, attributed]

    Noongar men, southwest Western Australia, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph, 59 x 82 mm, laid down on a piece cut from a 19th century album page, contemporary caption in pencil beneath image: ‘Australian Natives armed with boomerangs’; the print is slightly faded but otherwise is in very good condition. The attribution to the Perth-based photographic partnership of Manning & Knight is based …

  • # 22710

    S.H. BENSON (publisher); Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal man and woman holding puppies, seated outside a humpy with canvas covering.

    [Between 1900 and 1910. Possibly New South Wales or Queensland. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, printed series title to mount: ‘By Forest and Desert’, together with printed label of the maker, ‘S.H. Benson, 1, Tudor St., London, E.C.’ and printed sequence number ’24’; the slide is in fine …

  • # 23086

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888)

    Photographic portrait of a young man wearing a bow-tie, Adelaide, circa 1869.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 63 mm (mount), verso with the imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Photographer, Adelaide. By appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A late 1860s studio portrait by New York-born photographer Townsend Duryea (senior), who, along with his …

  • # 23026

    LONDON STEREOSCOPIC COMPANY; [CAIRNS, Hugh McCalmont, 1st Earl Cairns, 1819-1885]

    Photographic portrait of Hugh Cairns, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, circa 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 64 mm (mount), recto with printed caption beneath image ‘The Rt. Hon. Lord Cairns’; verso with imprint of The London Stereoscopic Company and contemporary pencilled inscription ‘Lord Chancellor’; both the print and mount are in fine condition. Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns (1819-1885) was an Irish-born British …

  • # 22246

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928)

    Photographic portraits of Aborigines from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, 1892-95.

    Suite of fifteen albumen print photographs, format 200 x 150 mm; each with blind stamp of ‘Kerry & Co. Photo, 308 George St. Sydney’ and with manuscript sequence number and title in the negative; a few with some toning or fading, but the majority are strong prints in very good condition; mounted and framed. Northern Territory subjects: 605. Port …

  • # 22676

    W. HORNUNG (photographer)

    An unusual German double portrait carte de visite with front and rear views of the same subjects. Tübingen, 1886.

    Studio: W. Hornung, Tübingen. Two albumen print photographs mounted recto and verso of the same carte de visite, 105 x 65 mm (mount); mount inscribed recto: ‘Vogt & Rühle i/b. Borstle z. fr. Erg. 86’ [zur freundliche Erinnerung = in friendly remembrance], and verso: ‘Rühle & Vogt i/b. Borstle z. fr. Erg. 86’; the frontal …

  • # 22681


    Manuscript poem with a miniature photographic portrait of a young man, 1850s.

    [United Kingdom?]. Single sheet, 280 x 230 mm, the opening page of an album of verse by an amateur poet, bearing a manuscript poem in four stanzas titled The Invocation, in which the writer – presumably a young female – beseeches her poetic muse to provide inspiration and guidance; at upper left is mounted a …

  • # 22604

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    Suite of studio photographs of taxidermied Australian native fauna.

    [Between 1890 and 1900]. Five silver albumen print photographs (each 205 x 150 mm), laid down recto of their original card mounts, numbered and captioned in the negatives as follows: 775. Australian Laughing Jackass; 776. Australian Opossum; 421. Lyre Birds; 785. Australian Emu; 787. Australian Kangaroo; the studio imprint of H.King Photo, Sydney appears in …

  • # 22383

    WREN, Alfred

    Studio portrait of a senior citizen of Echuca, Victoria, early 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 64 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘A. Wren, Artist Photographer [name deliberately omitted] Street, Echuca’; both the print and mount are in very good condition. This smartly attired, dark-suited Echuca gentleman with a Lincoln-style beard, posing beside his upturned top hat, appears quite advanced in years. …

  • # 22489

    BURMAN, Arthur W.

    Photographic portrait of a Volunteer Militia bandsman, Melbourne, circa 1880.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm, verso imprinted ‘From Burman’s Photographic Rooms, 209 Bourke St. East, near Parliament Houses and St. Georges Hall, next Theate Royal Melbourne … Views taken in any part of Victoria’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. The young bandsman posing in …

  • # 22390

    HERBERT, Christopher B.

    Photographic portrait of a young woman, Stawell, Victoria, early 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 105 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘C.B. Herbert, Photographer, Patrick Street, Stawell’; the print has a few light marks and pale foxing. An early example of a carte de visite portrait taken in Christopher Herbert’s studio in Stawell, in the Wimmera region of western …

  • # 22297


    Photographic portrait of Dr. James Bridgeham Motherwell, Melbourne, late 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 194 x 63 mm (mount), verso imprinted ‘Photographed at Batchelder’s, 41 Collins St. East, Melbourne’; a strong print with some very mild scattered foxing, not affecting the vignetted image; the sitter is identified from the 19th century caption on the accompanying original window mount. The distinguished Dr. Motherwell …

  • # 22395


    [WESTERN DISTRICT] Photographs of The Burns Boys, and the Bark Mill machinery, by which they lost their arms, at Portland.

    [1874]. Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, 104 x 62 mm (mounts); one is a studio portrait of the two Burns brothers showing their amputated arms, the negative with caption in manuscript ‘A.M. Copyright Registered’, verso with printed title in various fonts ‘Photographs of The Burns Boys, and the Bark Mill machinery, by which …

  • # 22249

    LINDT, J.W. (John William) (1845-1926)

    Clarence River man holding didjeridu.

    [Circa 1873]. Albumen print photograph, 200 x 150 mm, manuscript sequence number ‘4’ in negative lower right; a strong print with good tonal range, small flaw in the negative upper right, but in fine condition; mounted and framed. One of the famous series of tableau portraits of Clarence Valley Aboriginal people taken by German-born photographer …