Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Australian art

Photography

View More:


Title

Untitled

1870-1871


Artist

C Drinkwater

England, Australia

1818 - 1902


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.


Details


Date

1870-1871


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

9.6 x 6.0 cm image; 10.5 x 6.3 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

334.2014


Artist information

C Drinkwater

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history