# 40126

LINDT, J. W. (1845–1926)

Studio portrait of a man in fancy (or stage) costume, dressed as an Argentinian gaucho. Melbourne, 1880.

$100.00 AUD

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Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 64 mm (mount); verso with the highly decorative back mark of ‘J. W. Lindt, Photographer, 7 Collins Street East, Melbourne. Prize Medallist Philadelphia, Sydney, Brisbane’; print and mount are in fine condition.

We have dated this photograph to 1880, based on the fact that Lindt advertises his medals won in Philadelphia (1876), Brisbane (1878) and Sydney (1879), but not in Melbourne (October 1880 – April 1881).

From an Australian carte de visite album that belonged to Claude Thomas Harper (1858-1954). Harper was an accountant who commenced his career in Melbourne before becoming branch manager of the London Chartered Bank in Ipswich, Queensland and later in Wilcannia, New South Wales. His album contained cartes collected in Melbourne in the 1860s by his parents, Henry Harper and Eliza Downes Harper (Prout), as well as other family portraits of later dates up to 1900.