Photographs - Portraits

  • # 20479

    CLIFFORD, Robert (c.1842-1905); HOY, Choie (Charles) Sew (c.1838-1901)

    Portrait of Chinese community leader, merchant and gold-dredger Choie Sew Hoy and an unidentified European woman, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1870-73.

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount), verso imprinted ‘R. Clifford, Artist, Fleet Street, Dunedin’; the albumen print is in very good condition with a couple of light surface marks; the faces of both sitters have subtle pink tinting, and the lady’s hair ribbon is tinted light …

  • # 19773


    Charles Kingsford Smith and crew of the Southern Cross before the east-west crossing of the Atlantic, June 1930.

    Press photograph, silver gelatin print, 200 x 250 mm, unmounted; verso with wet stamp of International News Photos Inc., and typed caption label: ‘Portmarnock, Ireland. Left to right, Capt. J.P. Saul, navigator, Captain Charles Kingsford-Smith, pilot, M.E. Van Dyk, assistant pilot, and J.W. Stannage, wireless operator of the plane “Southern Cross”, pictured just before their …

  • # 20493

    [WAGGA WAGGA] Clive Darril, Australian giant

    Weight 17 stone. Height 7ft 8 ins. Age 35 years. [s.l. : s.n., c.1907]. Photolithographic postcard, 137 x 87 mm; not postally used; minor corner and edge wear; verso shows signs of having been removed from an album. This postcard was most likely published in England in 1907, when Clive Darril, a wealthy farmer from …

  • # 19852

    SOONG Mei-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) (1897-2003)

    Madame Chiang Kai-shek : an archive of press photographs and ephemera from her 1943 American tour.

    In 1943 China’s First Lady, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, conducted a speaking tour of the United States to lobby support for the Chinese Nationalists’ war effort against the invading Imperial Japanese Army. This archive, compiled by her secretary, V.K. Kwong, provides a comprehensive record of Madame Chiang’s private and public engagements during this tour, including the …

  • # 19519


    [BOER WAR] Private Joseph Mander, 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles, and Trooper Leslie Champness, 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen.

    Adelaide, S.A. : Frühling Studio, [probably late 1899 and early 1901, respectively]. Two albumen print photographs, standard cabinet card format (mounts 165 x 106 mm), both with the imprint of Frühling Studio, 63 Rundle Street, Adelaide, and with a later family member’s identifying captions in pen recto and verso; the full figure portrait of Champness is in …

  • # 1278

    MUSGROVE, James

    Flash Light Study (Autotype)

    Autotype photograph (325 x 250 mm) on original board mount (425 x 335 mm), captioned in contemporary hand in ink on lower margin: “Flash Light Study (Autotype)”, signed lower left and right “James Musgrove, Greenvale 1891”; horizontal tear at left edge (3 cm into print), faint foxing to margins of the mount; right edge of …

  • # 18849

    WENDT, Frank

    Australian Aborigines from North Queensland in R.A. Cunningham’s second touring company, New York, early 1894.

    New York : Frank Wendt, [1894]. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format (105 x 163 mm, mount), recto imprinted in gold lettering at left hand margin ‘Australian Boomerang Throwers. Frank Wendt, Photo. Artist, New York’; the albumen print with some very light surface rubbing, else fine; verso blank. There are very few known photographic images …

  • # 18228

    Photographers unknown.

    West Australian Aborigines 1883

    [Title from caption on mount]. Four albumen print photographs, each in carte de visite format (three are 90 x 60 mm; one 85 x 55 mm), mounted recto of a leaf of thick card removed from a nineteenth century album; inscribed in ink at centre of mount ‘West Australian Aborigines 1883’; the album owner decorated …

  • # 18631

    GOULTER, C. Ezra

    Photographic portrait of a man with a wooden leg, Melbourne, circa 1876

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘Goulter, Chapel Street, Prahran’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition.  

  • # 18916

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    The Victoria Volunteer Engineers in camp near Melbourne, 1871

    Albumen print photograph, 200 x 270 mm, no photographer’s imprint; laid down on its original album page, contemporary manuscript caption in ink beneath image ‘Victoria Engineer Volunteers [sic] in Camp near Melbourne 1871’; verso blank; the albumen print is in fine condition, and the page is free from foxing. This large format composition shows the …

  • # 19081


    Mrs. Wilson dressed in riding habit. Wellington, New Zealand, early 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘E.S. Richards, Photographer, Wellington, N.Z.’, and contemporary inscription in ink ‘Mrs Wilson, New Zealand’; the albumen print has a surface scratch in the sky area at upper right and a few pinholes at top margin, but …

  • # 18893

    [JAMAR, Jacques]; [COMET, Rita]

    Photograph album containing portraits of a Belgian Lazarist missionary to China, and including a group of late Qing traditional paper and silk Chinese dolls. Circa 1903-1964

    Photograph album, circa 1900. Small oblong quarto (165 x 235 mm), half morocco with ornamental gilt rule over faux crocodile papered boards, original floral-patterned lining papers, front pastedown with binder’s ticket of bookseller and stationer Gilon, Verviers (Belgium); [20] leaves of thick card, containing 4 cabinet card format portrait photographs of Lazarist missionary Father Jacques …

  • # 18806

    PAINE, John (1833-1908)

    Aboriginal men painted for corroboree, New South Wales, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 151 x 108 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; verso blank; both the albumen print and gilt-edged mount are fine condition. Taken in an unknown location in New South Wales, but attributed to Sydney-based photographer John Paine (another copy sighted with Paine’s imprint verso).

  • # 18836

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    New South Wales Aborigine posing with lil-lil club and shield, Sydney, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 197 x 150 mm, laid down on original album page of thick card; contemporary caption in ink to mount beneath image ‘Australian Aboriginal, N.S.W.’ (reflecting the original handwritten generic caption in the negative, which was trimmed before mounting); the albumen print and mount are in very good condition; verso with a view …

  • # 18975

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

    “Snowy and his gin”. Grafton, northern New South Wales, 1870-73.

    [Pirated printing, probably 1880-90]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 93 x 57 mm; no photographer’s or publisher’s imprint; mounted on section cut from the original split album page, with a generic caption in period hand in ink beneath image ‘Aboriginals of Australia’; both the print and mount are in very good condition. This …

  • # 18632


    Photographic portrait of a top-hatted gentleman and his horse, Melbourne, circa 1862

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), verso with imprint of Photographic Artists, Paterson Brothers, Portrait Rooms, 8 Bourke St. East, Melbourne’; both the albumen print, with wonderfully rich tonal range and detail, and mount are in fine condition. A very early outdoor Melbourne carte de visite.