AUSTRALIA / AOTEAROA | Photography

  • # 26765

    NEWLAND, James William (1810-1857)

    Daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman. Calcutta, circa 1850.

    Sixth plate daguerreotype (70 x 56 mm, sight) housed in its original leather case (93 x 82 x 9 mm) with blind embossed floral design to the front; working metal clasp; interior with red silk facing ink-stamped with the studio crest bearing the legend Newland’s Daguerreotype / No. 6 Loudons Buildings / Calcutta; the daguerreotype, …

  • # 26803

    Anon.

    Girl Guides “boozing”

    [Between 1930 and 1940]. Kodak gelatin silver print, 67 x 110 mm; unmounted; flawless. Sourced from a broken-up 1930s family album of corner-mounted snapshots that belonged to an unidentified Western Australian family. There are two schools of thought on the question of whether or not a great photograph can be created by just anyone. While …

  • # 26498

    Photographer unknown.

    Portrait of Tukaroto Matutaera Potatau Te Wherowhero Tawhiao, Māori king.

    [Circa 1875]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint (verso blank); both the print and mount are in fine condition. Tawhiao (1822-1894) was leader of the Waikato tribes. Following the British invasion and seizure of the Waikato in 1863, Tawhiao settled with his people further south in …

  • # 26770

    JOHNSTONE, O'SHANNESSY & CO.; CURTIS, James Waltham, colourist (attributed)

    Miss Motherwell and Miss Champ (afterwards Lady Philp), bridesmaids to Fanny McGaw.

    [Title from inscription on accompanying window mount]. [Melbourne. January, 1869]. Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co., Artist Photographers, 3 Bourke St. East, Next the Post Office, Melbourne’; the print, including the overpainted sections, is in fine condition, while …

  • # 26778

    HUGHES, Jabez; E. & A. DEBENHAM; BRADLEY, William

    Portraits of officers from HMS Rosario who took part in the first international rugby matches ever played in Australia and New Zealand, in 1869 and 1870.

    I. Portrait of Lieutenant George H. Moore, HMS Rosario. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 100 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of E. & A. Debenham, Ryde, Isle of Wight, and with a fully contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Yr’s very sincerely, Geo. H. Moore. Tauranga, NZ, Decr 1868’, and the recipient’s annotation …

  • # 26401

    NELSON, William

    Studio portrait of two young rugby players. Bathurst, New South Wales, 1870-71.

    [Bathurst] : William Nelson, [1870-71]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 100 x 60 mm (mount); recto with partial photographer’s imprint ‘William Nelson’ at lower margin; verso blank; the albumen print is a little pale and has some mottling in the negative; the mount has been trimmed at bottom edge and corners. This important rugby …

  • # 26482

    PLUMRIDGE & BARNES; [BLAXLAND, Louisa Australia, 1807-1888]

    Louisa Australia Blaxland, late of Newington.

    [Title from inscription verso]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 95 x 62 mm (mount); verso with imprint of Plumridge & Barnes, 158 Regent St., London W,, and fully contemporary inscription in pencil identifying the sitter as Louisa Australia Blaxland, late of Newington; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. Possibly the …

  • # 26763

    PULMAN'S PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO (attributed)

    Pomare.

    [Circa 1880]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), manuscript caption in negative ‘Pomare’; no photographer’s imprint (verso blank); fine condition. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa provides the following catalogue entry for a companion portrait of the same sitter, which was published by Pulman’s Photographic Studio in Auckland. …

  • # 26745

    SHARP, John Mathieson, 1823-1899 (attributed)

    Four early Tasmanian stereoviews, 1859-61.

    Four stereoscopic albumen print photographs in identical square format (each individual image 78 x 80 mm), on identical buff-coloured mounts (80 x 170 mm), versos with fully contemporary captions and photographer’s sequence numbers inscribed in ink in the same hand, and with the original owner’s name ‘E. Holland’ also in ink, but in a different …

  • # 26711

    LANGE, Louis; JOHNSTONE, O'SHANNESSY & CO.; BATCHELDER & CO.

    Two views of Alexander Wilson’s Mt. Emu station homestead in Victoria’s Western District, together with portraits of his wife, Marion, and daughter, Margaret. Early 1870s.

    Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, 63 x 101 mm (mounts), versos imprinted ‘Photographed by L. Lange & Son, Talbot Street, Majorca’; both have fully contemporary inscriptions in ink verso, ‘Front. Mt. Emu’ and ‘Western View. Mt. Emu’, respectively; the views were clearly taken at the same time, probably soon after the building was …

  • # 26680

    WILLETTS, George

    Carte de visite commissioned by monumental mason J. Hanson of Ballarat to advertise his work, showing the headstone in the Old Ballarat Cemetery erected to the memory of the children of John and Mary Little.

    [Circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm, recto of mount with imprint of ‘Willetts, Photo, 19 Sturt Street, Ballarat’; verso inscribed in ink J. Hanson / Momental [i.e. Monumental] Works / Ballarat; the print has excellent clarity – all of the poignant text on the headstone is legible: Sacred to …

  • # 26792

    BOWERS, Henry Thomas

    Post-mortem photograph of a child. Lyttelton, New Zealand, circa 1870.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 101 x 61 mm (print 44 x 38 mm), verso imprinted T. H. Bowers, Photographer, Lyttelton [the initials of the photographer reversed in error]; the albumen print is in fine condition; the mount has a few light marks. Post-mortem photographs taken by Australasian studios are rarely encountered, and few …

  • # 26737

    CAIRE, Nicholas John (1837-1918)

    Aboriginal group on the shores of Lake Tyers (Bung Yarnda), Gippsland, Victoria. Circa 1886.

    Albumen print photograph, 145 x 200 mm, laid down on its original mount with printed caption label at bottom margin: ‘Natives on Caligurnie Bay. In the centre of the women on the log may be seen the oldest woman on the settlement, “Kitty”.’; the albumen print is in very good condition with a few mild toning …

  • # 26749

    JAMES, W. E.

    Studio portrait of Henry Gane, a slaughterman at Talbot on the Victorian goldfields. 1865.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘W. E. James, Talbot, Victoria, Australia’, and fully contemporary inscription in ink written by a family member back home in England: ‘H. J. Gane. Sent from Talbot, Victoria, Australia Septr. 24th 1865, and received at Boston, Lincolnshire, 16th Novr. …

  • # 26786

    AYRES, Wilfred H.; [LOCK, Ann "Annie", 1876-1943]

    Engraved pearl shell and hair-string belt (riji, or jakoli, longkalongka). Kimberley region, Western Australia.

    [1938-39]. Gelatin silver print, 150 x 100 mm, laid down on card cut from a 1930s album page; light corner creasing lower left, else very good. This photograph of a riji came with a group of snapshots taken in Australia in 1938 or 1939 by visiting English evangelist Wilfred H. Ayres, although the object is …

  • # 26780

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal group on a pastoral station, Western Australia, circa 1890.

    Albumen print photograph, 155 x 200 mm, laid down on its original board mount (175 x 230 mm); no photographer’s imprint; verso with roughly contemporary caption in pencil ‘Australian Aboriginals’; a strong print with great clarity and detail; the mount is clean and stable. [Together with] Chromolithographic postcard of the same image, with printed caption …