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Title

Untitled

1860-1897


Artist

Andrew Cunningham

Australia

1831 - Unknown


About

Andrew Cunningham was a painter, decorator and professional photographer. Born in Scotland, he was in Armidale, New South Wales by 1856 and by 1857 was advertising his services in painting, ornamental work and paper-hanging. He was working as Armidale’s resident photographer by 1859 and in 1870 claimed to have taken the only photograph of the body of bushranger Captain Thunderbolt (Fred Ward) when he was shot by an off duty policeman at nearby Uralla. Cunningham produced portraits and views of the Armidale area, often in carte de visite form.

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

1860-1897


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

5.5 x 9.3 cm image; 6.2 x 10.2 cm mount card


Signature & date

Signed c. image, black ink "AC". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

306.2014


Artist information

Andrew Cunningham

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history