CLIFFORD, Samuel (1827-1890)
[PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM] Tasmanian scenes.
[Hobart : Samuel Clifford, circa 1873]. Quarto (300 x 245 mm), original tan coloured cloth with gilt stamped title and decoration to front board (rubbed, upper corners worn, spine softened at head and tail), front free-endpaper with contemporary inscription in brown ink S. Clifford Photo., containing 24 albumen print photographs (format 105 x 180 mm) laid down recto only of  leaves of thick card, contemporary manuscript captions beneath each image, and a large format (210 x 260 mm) view of the Fern Bower near Hobart (uncaptioned) to the verso of the rear endpaper; the leaves with slight buckling, some mild scattered foxing, the prints overall in good condition but several with fading, silverfishing to fore-edge margin of first leaf, verso of penultimate leaf and margins of final leaf.
Several variants of Samuel Clifford’s commercially produced Tasmanian scenes photograph albums are recorded in Australian collections (five in Tasmanian collections and one in the State Library of New South Wales). Four of these recorded albums contain only 12 prints; one holds 24 prints; and the largest has 144 prints. There appears to be so much variety in the content of these albums that it appears likely that they were made to order, with the prints being selected by the client and mounted within Clifford’s ready-made bindings, making each album unique.
The full list of captions in the album is as follows:
Government House near Hobart Town
The Derwent from the Royal Society Gardens (2 views)
The Drawing Room, Government House
Hobart Town from Lime Kiln Hill panoramic no. 1
Hobart Town from Lime Kiln Hill panoramic no. 2
Macquarie Street from the Town Hall
From the Franklin Wharf
Mount Wellington in snow from Fitzroy Crescent
Mount Wellington in snow from the Huon Road
The Salmon Ponds above New Norfolk
At New Norfolk, from Sir. R. Officer’s Grounds
The Derwent on the road to the Salmon Ponds
The Derwent above New NorfolkThe Fern Tree Bower near Hobart Town
Fern scenery near the Huon Road
On the track to the Fern Tree Bower
From the Huon Road
Iron Pot Lighthouse, entrance to the Derwent
Launceston from the South Esk