Montagu Scott was a professional photographer, painter, illustrator and cartoonist. Born in London, he immigrated to Australia in the 1850s, settling briefly in the Victorian goldfields. In 1866 he relocated to Sydney to take up the position of chief cartoonist for the 'Sydney Punch'. He was employed in Dalton’s studio in 1866 and continued to operate as a photographer in Sydney into the 1870s. During this period he also supplied illustrations for the 'Illustrated Sydney' News.
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.
carte de visite
9.5 x 5.9 cm image; 10.1 x 6.4 cm mount card
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display