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Title

Untitled

1867-1870


Artist

John Degotardi (sr)

Australia

1823 - 1882


About

John Degotardi was a professional photographer, engraver and publisher. Born in Ljubljana, he grew up in Austria and worked in Germany and London before arriving in Australia in 1853. In Sydney, Degotardi had a successful printing and lithography business, and by 1866 advertised his services in photolithography and photography, producing panoramic views of Sydney and New South Wales. Examples of his printing and photographic work won medals at the Victorian Intercolonial Exhibition of 1873 and the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879.

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

1867-1870


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

5.7 x 9.0 cm image; 6.4 x 10.0 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

330.2014


Artist information

John Degotardi (sr)

Works in the collection

19


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history