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Title

Untitled

1884
1894-1895


Artist

George H Nicholas

Australia

active Australia c1855–98 -


About

George Nicholas was an itinerant photographer in Sydney and rural New South Wales, active in Cootamundra (c1855 and 1887–98), Sydney (c1860–1884), Murrumbarrah (c1887), West Maitland (c 1860s–c1890s) and Temora (1896–97).

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


Dates

1884
1894-1895


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

9.4 x 5.9 cm image; 10.2 x 6.2 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

445.2014


Artist information

George H Nicholas

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history