Featured Acquisitions | Photography

  • # 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 …

  • # 19106

    Photographer unknown.

    The Murray River paddle steamer “Ruby” at the landing place, Mildura, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x 200 mm, laid down on its original nineteenth-century album page of thin card, captioned in ink beneath image ‘The landing place, Mildura, Melbourne [sic]’; a strong print in fine condition (some mottling in the original negative); on the same mount are 3 other albumen prints in identical format (1 recto, …

  • # 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.  

  • # 19110

    Photographer unknown.

    “Hobart Town and Franklin” coach (and passengers) on the Huon Road, Tasmania, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 175 x 210 mm, laid down on its original nineteenth-century album page of thin card, captioned in ink beneath image ‘View on Huon Road, Tasmania’; a very strong print in fine condition; on the same mount are 3 other albumen prints in identical format (1 recto, 2 verso) showing views of New …

  • # 18626

    THE ECLIPSE PHOTO COMPANY [G.B.D. KITCH & CO.]

    A family posing outside their house, Sunny Corner, central west New South Wales, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 113 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘The Eclipse Photo Compy., G.B.D. Kitch & Co., Sunny Corner’; the albumen print is in fine condition and has great detail; the mount with a small mark to the margin recto, otherwise also fine. Sunny Corner, originally a coal …

  • # 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 …

  • # 18587

    [SYDNEY] ADELAIDE PHOTO. COMPANY

    Photographic portrait of a barman pouring beer, Sydney, 1892.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 163 x 108 mm (mount); recto imprinted ‘Adelaide Photo. Company. Corner of Pitt St. and Park St., Sydney. Over Drew’s Stationery Depot’; in fine condition, with the original illustrated tissue guard still attached. A superb Australian occupational cabinet card. According to Davies & Stanbury (Mechanical Eye) the Adelaide Photo. Company …

  • # 19081

    RICHARDS, E.S.

    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 …

  • # 18595

    FRITH, Frederick (1819-1871)

    [HOBART] Mt. Wellington from St. George’s Hill, 1857.

    Silver albumen print mounted on card, 192 x 222 mm (image, oval format), 240 x 285 mm (mount), inscribed in ink by the photographer across the bottom edge of the mount ‘F. Frith. Photo. 1857’ and ‘Mount Wellington’; the print faded in the upper section, otherwise in good condition; the mount toned and with some …

  • # 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 …

  • # 18809

    Photographer unknown.

    View of Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, Queensland, late 1890s

    Albumen print photograph, 240 x 370 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with later pencil inscription ‘Main street, Bundaberg’; unmounted; a superb print with beautiful tones and sharp detail; the small white fleck at upper left is in the negative. A large format view of Bourbong Street looking west, with the Post Office in the distance. …

  • # 18808

    Photographer unknown.

    View of Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, late 1890s

    Albumen print photograph, 260 x 370 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with faint contemporary pencil inscription ‘Ruthven Street, Toowoomba’; unmounted; tiny loss at bottom right corner, otherwise a superb print with beautiful tones and sharp detail. A wonderful, large format view of Ruthven Street looking south, with much of the street signage legible. Prominent businesses …

  • # 18043

    Photographer unknown.

    A German plantation owner’s wife with native servants and horses, Neu-Mecklenburg (New Ireland), circa 1910

    Large format photographic magic lantern glass slide, 90 x 120 mm, the mount with paper label bearing contemporary manuscript caption in German ‘Matantetuk, Westküste v. Neu-Mecklenburg (Pferde)’ and the imprint of the Bavarian magic lantern firm Lichtbild-Anstalt G. Bachschmid, Kempten-Allgäu; in superb condition. This photograph, showing a scene on a copra plantation on the west …

  • # 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 …