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Title

Untitled

circa 1872


Artists

Charles Bayliss

England, Australia

1850 - 1897

Henry Beaufoy Merlin

England, Australia

1830 - 1873


About

Charles Bayliss was the most accomplished and innovative landscape photographer in NSW in the 1870s and 1880s. He immigrated to Australia with his family from Suffolk in 1854 and began his career as a photographer in the employ of Beaufoy Merlin’s American and Australasian Photographic Company in 1869. With Merlin he photographed houses and buildings in New South Wales and Victoria. He took over the making of the mammoth panorama of Sydney, along with many other views of the city and environs, for entrepreneur Bernard Otto Holtermann.

Bayliss developed a keen eye for the composition of landscape views. He also embraced technological developments such as dry-plate processing, wide-angle lenses, and mammoth printing. Bayliss’s skills won him prestigious commissions from the government and wealthy property owners. In the 1880s he documented the property of the squatter E A Westbury and photographed Lawrence Hargrave’s flying machines and plane models. In 1886 Bayliss accompanied the Lyne Royal Commission into water conservation in New South Wales. 40 photographs were included with the report, but he took hundreds of other dramatic and picturesque views which contribute to a mythology of the bush. Over his successful career Bayliss documented, and was part of, the project of modernity in the colonies.


Details


Date

circa 1872


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

albumen photograph


Dimensions

24.5 x 28.2 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Josef & Jeanne Lebovic, Sydney 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

570.2014


Artist information

Charles Bayliss

Works in the collection

83

Artist information

Henry Beaufoy Merlin

Works in the collection

22


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Australasiana, Collectors’ List No. 147, Sydney, 2011, 17 (illus.).

The photograph and Australia, Sydney, Jun 2015, 200 (colour illus.).