Photographic portrait of pastoralist William Turner of Stoney Park, Moorwatha, southern New South Wales. Melbourne, 22 December 1859.
Albumen print from collodion wet-plate negative, 127 x 94 mm (arched format), laid down on its original board mount and housed within its original gilt frame, 200 x 240 mm; the verso of the frame still has the original backing paper substantially intact, including the studio’s printed label ‘Paterson Brothers, Photographic Artists, 82, Swanston Street, Melbourne’ and details in manuscript in ink recording the sitter’s name, William Turner, the date 22nd December 1859, and the studio’s negative number 1361; the print has great clarity and beautiful tones, and is in fine condition; there is some soiling on the underside of the glass at the lower margin, not affecting the image; [together with] a carte de visite portrait of William Turner taken in the Melbourne studio of Davies & Co. a little over seven years later, inscribed verso ‘William Turner, 13th Feby. 1867’; very good condition.
A very early Australian paper print from the Melbourne studio of Paterson Brothers. Dating to the end of 1859, it is only a year or so younger than Fauchery and Daintree’s celebrated series, Sun Pictures of Victoria.
The dashing sitter, identified as William Turner, is with little doubt the gentleman of that name who was a cousin of Alexander Sloane, of Mulwala and Savernake stations, southern New South Wales. William was a grazier who owned a property called Stoney Park near Moorwatha, situated between Mulwala and Albury on the New South Wales side of the Murray.
Provenance: Alexander Sloane, Mulwala and Savernake Stations, New South Wales; thence by descent.