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Title

Untitled

1870-1895


Artists

Walter Chaffer

Australia

1847 - 1921

J R Clarke

Australia


About

Walter Chaffer was a professional photographer active in Sydney between 1870 and 1895.

A carte de visite is a stiff card of about 10 x 6.4 cm, with an attached paper photograph, invented in 1854 by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disderi. They were introduced into Australia in 1859 by William Blackwood with albums arriving in 1860, aiding the collection and distribution of multiple cartes. Cartes were usually portraits and were made by the millions worldwide. Multi-lens, or ‘multiplying’ cameras were introduced in the 1860s, which were capable of producing from 2 to 32 images in quick succession, dramatically increasing the number of cartes de visite that could be made from a single photographic plate. They were easily reproduced by making paper contact prints from the glass plates, which were then cut and pasted to card.


Details


Date

1870-1895


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

5.7 x 9.7 cm image; 6.4 x 10.4 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

283.2014


Artist information

Walter Chaffer

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

J R Clarke

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history