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Title

Untitled

1866


Artist

Charles Woolley

Australia

1834 - 1922


About

Charles Woolley was a prolific portrait and views photographer based in Hobart from about 1860 until about 1875. He began experimenting with the medium in the mid 1850s and was working professionally within five years. In 1866 he took the series of famous portraits of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, Truganini, William Lanne, Wapperty, Pattie, and Bessie Clark which were later reprinted by J W Beattie. These portraits were exhibited in the 1866 Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition and the 1875 Victorian Intercolonial exhibition. Some of Woolley’s portrait photographs were over-painted, for example Henry Dowling’s portrait of Sir Richard Dry which was painted in England from a Woolley photograph. He also photographed Louisa Ann Meredith’s 1866 Christmas tableaux vivants.

A carte de visite is a stiff card of about 11.4 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

1866


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

9.4 x 5.5 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

549.2014


Artist information

Charles Woolley

Works in the collection

2