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An image of Blue gums by Unknown, Kerry & Co


(Australia  – )

Kerry & Co

(Australia 1884 – 1917)

Blue gums
circa 1884-1917
Media category
Materials used
albumen photograph

14.1 x 18.3 cm image/sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1989
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. 'Blue gums' contains all the elements of the Kerry & Co. style: technical skill, compositional balance and a congratulatory tone.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.

Bibliography (5)

Robyn Donohue, Look, 'Arcadia: Nineteenth Century Australian Photography', pg. 22-23, Heidelberg, Oct 1998, 22.

Robyn Donohue, Arcadia - nineteenth century Australian photography, North Sydney, 1998. no catalogue numbers

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Australian Photography', pg. 198-207, Sydney, 1999, 200 (illus.).

Josef Lebovic Gallery and Helen Ennis, Masterpieces of Australian Photography, Late Nineteenth Century Photography, Sydney, 1989, 90, 91 (illus.). 157

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 18 (illus.).

Exhibition history (5)

Settlers and Sydneysiders, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, 1985–1986

Masterpieces of Australian Photography, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington, 24 Jun 1989–22 Jul 1989

Selected recent acquisitions, 1989, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 1989–17 Dec 1989

Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Mar 1993–09 May 1993

Arcadia: nineteenth century Australian photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Oct 1998–13 Dec 1998