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An image of Mrs Biddel's life-saving class by Unknown, Kerry & Co


(Australia  – )

Kerry & Co

(Australia 1884 – 1917)

Mrs Biddel's life-saving class
printed 1980
Media category
Materials used
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.
Purchased 1982
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (4)

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. 54

Exhibition history (4)

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