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Title

Australian scenery, Middle Harbour, Port Jackson

circa 1865


Artist

Unknown photographer


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Australia


Date

circa 1865


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

carte de visite


Dimensions

5.8 x 8.6 cm image; 6.3 x 10.3 cm mount card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Josef & Jeanne Lebovic, Sydney 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

585.2014


Artist information

Unknown photographer

Works in the collection

101


Place

Where the work was made
Australia

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Judy Annear, The photograph and Australia, Sydney, Jun 2015, 8 (colour illus.).