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Title

Untitled

1882-1885

Artist

Wykes Norton

Australia

active Australia 1882–92 -

  • Details

    Date
    1882-1885
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    carte de visite
    Dimensions
    8.6 x 4.8 cm image (irreg.); 9.4 x 5.6 cm sheet; 10.3 x 6.3 cm mount card
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2014
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    448.2014
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Wykes Norton

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Wykes Norton was a professional photographer based in Sydney and proprietor of the Royal Studio.

    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.

    Invented in 1856 by Professor Hamilton Smith in Ohio, USA, the tintype is a unique image made on a thin sheet of iron coated with a black or brown lacquer or enamel. An inexpensive and popular process often used for portraits, it has a limited tonal range and images appear flat and soft.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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