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Title

Untitled

1863-1864


Artist

William J Liddell

Australia

active Australia, 1863–84 -


About

William Liddell was a professional photographer who opened a Sydney studio in 1863. He went into partnership with A Blitz from 1864 to 1865, after which Liddell went to South Australia where he worked for the American Photographic Company. By 1883–84 he appears to have been working in West Maitland under the name of Liddell & Cooper.

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

1863-1864


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

8.9 x 5.2 cm image; 9.3 x 5.8 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

384.2014


Artist information

William J Liddell

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history