# 6329


[ADELAIDE] Signed photographic portrait of musician A. Wyatt-Mortimer, 1892

$275.00 AUD

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Large format albumen print photograph, 360 x 260 mm, laid down on its original board mount with gilt embossed imprint of 'Hammer & Co. 6 Rundle St, Adelaide' to recto (mount trimmed slightly along the lower edge), the albumen print signed in ink 'Ever yours sincerely, A. Wyatt Mortimer', verso of mount with contemporary manuscript label 'Mr & Mrs Gould, with affectionate greetings from their old friend A. Wyatt Mortimer', the albumen print slightly pale and with a few small marks, but essentially in good condition.

A. Wyatt-Mortimer's obituary appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser on 6 October, 1896. The obituary explains that the London-born musician and composer, who died prematurely from consumption, had emigrated to Adelaide in 1880, at the encouragement of his brother-in-law, Mr. C.J. Stevens. Wyatt-Mortimer was appointed organist and choirmaster of Port Adelaide Congregational Church, became director of the Port Adelaide Musical Society, and was heavily involved in all aspects of musical performance in Adelaide, frequently giving public recitals at the piano or organ. Copies of the published sheet music for three of his compositions, Menuet : for piano; The squatter's elegy, and When love is done : a reverie, are held in the National Library of Australia.