# 40515

PERRY, H. R. (ca. 1846-1936)

Mr. Beare’s residence, Clare, South Australia, 1875-76

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Albumen print photograph, 170 x 225 mm, laid down recto of its original card mount, 250 x 305 mm, with manuscript caption in ink in a neat hand: ‘Mr. Beare’s residence, Clare’; verso with old ownership wet stamp of ‘W. W. Courtney, Chemist, Cheltenham. Phone 233’; the print has some light spotting, a couple of small surface scratches near the centre, and one towards the right-hand edge, but is otherwise in good condition, as is the mount.

William Loose Beare was a pioneer South Australian colonist who arrived as a ten-year-old with his family on the Duke of York in 1836. This is a significant photograph of his Clare homestead. We have not been able to trace another example in institutional collections.

Attribution and dating from the AGSA catalogue entries for similar Perry images.

‘Harry Perry … and his brother Frank worked from a series of temporary studios in the colony’s north from 1876-1880. Of greatest note are Perry’s 1875=76 photographs of the Flinders Ranges, which easily rival some of Sweet’s images taken seven years later.’ (Karen Magee, Captain Sweet’s Colonial imagination : the ideals of modernity in South Australian views photography 1866-1886. Thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide, 2014, p. 138).