# 5324


A view in the native town of Buretta, Fiji

$150.00 AUD

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Albumen print photograph, 210 x 270 mm, laid down on original album leaf of thin card, contemporary pencilled inscription to lower margin: 'Dufty Bros. Photographers / A view in the native town of Buretta [Bureta], Fiji'; a second contemporary inscription verso reads: 'Fidji [sic]. Dufty Bros.' the albumen print is in fine condition with excellent tonal range.

Francis Herbert Dufty was an English-born photographer who had arrived in Fiji in 1871 with his teenage brother Alfred, having already spent a number of years as a photographer in the colony of Victoria with his other brother, Edward. Over the following two decades, through studio and outdoor photography, the Duftys documented the Fijian Islands' indigenous peoples and European visitors, their vanishing traditional way of life and rugged, tropical scenery. The present photograph came from a traveller's album dating from taround 1880, which contained Pacific Islands and Australian views.