LONDON STEREOSCOPIC & PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPANY
[GOLD RUSH] Case of Australian gold and gold-washing apparatus at the London International Exhibition of 1862.
Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each individual image 75 x 75 mm (arched format), original yellow mount 834 x 174 mm, recto of mount with printed caption ‘The International Exhibition of 1862 ; No. 144.- Case of Australian gold, and gold washing apparatus’, and photographer’s imprint ‘London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company’; verso blank; both albumen prints are in fine condition; the mount with some mild wear at corners, else very good.
A rare photographic view of the Victorian Gold Display and Panning Demonstration at the London International Exhibition, which was held beside the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society in South Kensington between May and November, 1862. In the lower foreground of the image the sign placed in front of the ornate display cabinet can be clearly discerned. It reads: ‘The stamping machine ; Victoria – Australia ; Gold ; Eastern Annex’. At far left a gold panning demonstration is taking place. The centrepiece of the display of gold from the colony of Victoria was a 44 feet high gilded obelisk, a symbol of the enormous quantity of gold which had been mined in Victoria in the ten years or so since the gold rush had commenced. A watercolour by Joseph Nash (in the La Trobe picture collection, State Library of Victoria, H5247) provides a more complete view of the Victorian gold display, and shows that the obelisk was located a short distance to the left of the scene depicted in this photograph.
Only two examples of this stereoview are recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Museum Victoria).