# 41774

LINDT, J. W. (John William) (1845-1926)

Pair of studio portraits of Henry Harper and Eliza Downes Harper (Prout). Melbourne, ca. 1880. (Both with Lindt’s “View of Melbourne” back mark).

$250.00 AUD

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Two albumen print photographs, in identical cabinet card format (165 x 110 mm), versos with Lindt’s illustrated advertisement for his studio at 7 Collins Street East, with a superb lithographic bird’s eye view of Melbourne at centre, and below it a cartouche listing Lindt’s major portfolios (Album of Australian Aboriginals; Characteristic Australian Forest Scenery; Genre Pictures of Bush Characters; Men of Mark; and distinguished Visitors to Victoria) as well as the studio’s photographic awards (medals for exhibitions in Philadelphia, Paris, Sydney, Brisbane, and Sandhurst); both prints and mounts are in superb condition.

From an album belonging to Claude Thomas Harper (1858-1954) of Melbourne. The two sitters – identified from inscriptions on other photographs in the album – are his parents, Eliza Downes Harper (Prout) (1817-1900) and Henry Harper (1819-1908).

Renowned German-born photographer J. W. Lindt is best known for his famous series of tableau portraits of Clarence Valley Aboriginal people taken in his studio in Prince Street, Grafton, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, around 1873.

The spectacular lithographic back marks on this pair of cabinet cards is the earlier of two designs used by Lindt while at his 7 Collins Street East address, following his move to Melbourne in the mid 1870s. (The later back mark had a view of Government House from the Botanic Gardens). By 1889 Lindt had relocated his studio to 294 Collins Street.