LINDT, J.W. (John William) (1845-1926)
Mother and daughter from the Orara River, Clarence River catchment, near Grafton, northern New South Wales.
[Circa 1873; later pirated printing probably made between 1880 and 1890]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), recto with contemporary inscription across bottom of mount ‘Australian Women’; verso blank; tiny rust spot above the woman’s head, otherwise the print is in very good condition; the mount with some pale foxing.
One of the famous series of tableau portraits of Clarence Valley Aboriginal people taken by German-born photographer J.W. Lindt in his studio in Prince Street, Grafton, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, around 1873. Although researchers have been able to identify a number of the sitters in Lindt’s series, the female subjects in this photograph have been only partially identified; an example of a larger format 1873 print is catalogued in the Grafton Regional Gallery’s collection with the title ‘Mother and daughter from the Orara River’ (Accession number 2005-33; Gift of Sam and Janet Cullen and family 2004).
The present example, with standard carte de visite dimensions, was almost certainly an unauthorised print made and circulated (in New South Wales, or further afield?) in the 1880s. As such, it contributes to our understanding of the way in which images of Lindt’s striking studio tableaux continued to be disseminated throughout the nineteenth century.