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Title

Mrs Biddel's life-saving class

1884-1917
printed 1980


Artists

Unknown

Australia

Kerry & Co

Australia


About

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.


Details


Dates

1884-1917
printed 1980


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph, sepia toned


Dimensions

25.0 x 29.7 cm image; 29.4 x 35.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1982


Location

Not on display


Accession number

108.1982


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

595

Artist information

Kerry & Co

Works in the collection

102


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


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