# 36358

Photographer unknown.

View of The Block, Collins Street, Melbourne. 1886-87.

$150.00 AUD

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Albumen print photograph, 135 x 200 mm; mounted on its original 19th-century album page, with contemporary inscription in ink beneath the image ‘Collins St.’; no photographer identified, but the sequence number ’61’ is scratched into the negative at bottom left of the image; a superb print with beautiful tones and an incredible amount of detail, in excellent condition (the short tear at top right corner occurred when the print was mounted, and does not affect the print).

A wonderful animated view of The Block, the fashionable section of Collins Street between Elizabeth and Swanston, with its splendid architectural facades. Amongst the several horse-drawn vehicles there is a cable tram visible on the left, which would have been one of those in service on the North Fitzroy line, opened in October 1886.