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Title

Untitled

1875-1878

Artists

Sydney Photographic Company

Australia

active Australia 1872–91 -

  • Details

    Date
    1875-1878
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    carte de visite
    Dimensions
    6.3 x 4.5 cm oval image; 9.4 x 5.8 cm sheet; 10.2 x 6.2 cm mount card
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2014
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    536.2014
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown photographer

    Works in the collection

    146

    Artist information
    Sydney Photographic Company

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    Photographic firm with numerous branches throughout New South Wales and Queensland, and offices in South Australia.

    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 1 exhibition

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