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Title

Untitled

1860-1890s


Artist

Charles Collins

Australia

active Australia c1878–1900 -


About

Charles Collins was a professional photographer active in Sydney and rural New South Wales. He had a studio in Maclean in 1882, and made cartes de visite of towns, people and properties in Bega, Bombala, and Grafton in New South Wales. Between 1881 and 1900 he established a studio in Sydney, where he advertised inexpensive cabinet card portraits.

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

1860-1890s


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

6.0 x 9.5 cm image; 6.2 x 10.1 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

304.2014


Artist information

Charles Collins

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


The photograph and Australia, Sydney, Jun 2015, 250 (colour illus.).