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C Drinkwater

England, Australia

1818 – 1902

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    carte de visite
    9.6 x 6.0 cm image; 10.5 x 6.3 cm mount card
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 2014
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    C Drinkwater

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Charles Drinkwater was an itinerant photographer who worked in numerous locations throughout New South Wales. He took portraits and view photographs in Kempsey in 1867 before setting up in Sydney between 1869 and 1871. He is next recorded in Tamworth from 1886 to 1891 and Newcastle in 1896 and 1897.

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions