Charles Kerry and the photographers at Kerry & Co. produced a succession of benchmark photographs around the turn of the nineteenth century that speak, even now, to the heart of the Australian experience. By 1898 Kerry's Sydney studio was the largest in the country, producing individual photographs, thematic albums and especially postcards for national and international distribution. 'Mrs Biddel's life-saving class' contains all the elements of the Kerry & Co. style: technical skill, compositional balance and a congratulatory tone.
gelatin silver photograph, sepia toned
25.0 x 29.7 cm image; 29.4 x 35.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Charles Kerry Federation Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jan 1981–01 Feb 1981
Fine and mostly sunny: photographs from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Sep 1991–01 Dec 1991
Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994
Ready, set, ... go! Sporting life and Australian art, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, 18 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001
Referenced in 4 publications
Sandra Byron, Fine and Mostly Sunny: Photographs from the collection, Sydney, 1991.
Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Amanda Smith, Ready Set Go! Sporting life and Australian art, 'Does sport matter', pg. 14-19, Ipswich, 2001, 14 (colour illus.), 15, 54.
Author Unknown, Charles Kerry Federation Australia, Sydney, 1981. cat.no. 54