Thomas J. Nevin: heavily tinted cartes

This portrait by Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923) of a serious young man wearing a three piece suit, a blue bowtie and a fob watch on a chain buttoned to his vest features a stereoscopic viewer. It was taken by T. J. Nevin at his studio, The City Photographic Establishment, 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town. The stereoscopic viewer may have pertained to the young man’s occupation … Continue reading Thomas J. Nevin: heavily tinted cartes

Young man in fancy tie

An early carte-de-visite from Charles Wherrett senior, whose studio began operations in Hobart in 1872, and continued after his death in the hands of his eldest son Charles B. Wherrett up to the 1900s. WHERRETT, Charles B. Charles Wherrett senior, 83 Elizabeth St. 1872-1881; Charles B. Wherrett (son) Melbourne Portrait Rooms, 113 Elizabeth St. 1884-1897 (or longer?). With R. McGuffie until 1897. The clarity of … Continue reading Young man in fancy tie

Woman in bustle by Bishop Osborne

From John Bishop Osborne’s studio ca. 1880s This looks like a frequently reprinted item from the original carte or cabinet panel. Its striking features include not just the fabulously ruched bustle of the young woman’s frock; we also gain a glimpse of the elaborate decor of John Bishop’s studio. His composition for this full-length portrait includes a backdrop of a eucalypt, a live potted cabbage … Continue reading Woman in bustle by Bishop Osborne

Anson portrait of Aboriginal Group

Group portrait of Truganini (left), William Lanney & Bessie Clarke © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007 ARR Details from owners: Photograph on glass (cracked) in oval brass frame. From left to right – Truganini, William Lanney, and Bessie Clarke. Size of original: 365mm x 310mm Inscription on verso: “Last Aborigines, Tasmania” and a handwritten date along the left-hand border “1915”. Verso … Continue reading Anson portrait of Aboriginal Group

Wherrett portrait of boys in sailor suits

These boys were not necessarily apprenticed in the service of the Navy. Their suits were a fashionable outfit for teenagers of the 1880s: above the knee trousers for the pre-pubescent, below the knee for the teenager. The Wherrett Brothers (Charles Wherrett and co.) operated a business from 83 Elizabeth St. Hobart between 1872-1881, and a studio called the Melbourne Portrait Rooms at 113 Elizabeth St. … Continue reading Wherrett portrait of boys in sailor suits

Mrs Meredith’s gun

From © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2010 ARR. This small weapon accompanied artist Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) on her painting excursions into the bush. Why she needed it, and whether she ever used it to kill an animal, may well be documented in her writings such as – National Library of Australia: Author: Meredith, Louisa Anne, 1812-1895. Title: Our island home … Continue reading Mrs Meredith’s gun

Alfred Bock portrait of child

© The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007 ARR. The verso of this portrait of a standing child bears Alfred Bock’s studio stamp for the City Photographic Establishment which is identical in design to one of the stamps adopted by Thomas Nevin while apprenticed to Bock in the early 1860s, and later when he bought Bock’s studio and stock, The City Photographic Establishment, … Continue reading Alfred Bock portrait of child

Port Arthur bell

This is the Port Arthur Bell dated 1847, from the Port Arthur prison site, which was sold at auction in Tasmania, June 2005, and which has remained in Tasmania (despite the initial newspaper reports that it was sold interstate. Its provenance to June 2005 was the Harry and Christine Wright Collection. © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007 ARR. Continue reading Port Arthur bell

Wherrett and Light and Truth

Verso reads: “Light and Truth. C. Wherrett Photo Artist Melbourne Portrait Rooms Elizabeth Street Hobart Town Copies Can Be Had at Any Time” This carte dates from approximately quite soon after the death of Charles Wherrett senior, whose studio began operations in 1872. His sons inherited the business, and his eldest – Charles B. Wherrett maintained it through to the 1900s, sometimes in partnership with … Continue reading Wherrett and Light and Truth

Portrait on glass of Mrs L.A. Meredith

Photograph on glass of  Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895), author, naturalist, artist and photographer. © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007. ARR. A superb example of 19th century photographic portraiture, complete with velvet frame, domed glass, and hand tinting. Notes from the owners: “the frame is velvet and the photo’s oval and domed on glass“. Verso of hand-tinted photograph of Louisa Anne Meredith, … Continue reading Portrait on glass of Mrs L.A. Meredith

Louisa Anne Meredith portrait on glass

Hand tinted portrait on domed glass in pink velvet frame of Mrs Louisa Anne Meredith (nee Twamley), circa 1885. Unattributed but possibly by W.H. Carl Burrows of Launceston. © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007 ARR. Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) Author, naturalist, artist and photographer. A superb example of 19th century photographic portraiture, complete with velvet frame, domed glass, and hand tinting. … Continue reading Louisa Anne Meredith portrait on glass

Louisa Anne Meredith portrait by Beattie

Detail of above: Mrs Meredith’s cuff and rings © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007. ARR The photographer John Watt Beattie (1859-1930) became a close friend of the distinguished artist, naturalist and author Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) in the 1880s. Beattie took a series of photographs of Mrs Meredith four months before her death at her rooms at Clifton House, Antill Street, … Continue reading Louisa Anne Meredith portrait by Beattie

Port Arthur Records Book 1860s

This is a book of records kept by the Commandant of Port Arthur, James Boyd during the 1860s. James Boyd was succeeded as Commandant by another Boyd, Adolarious Humphrey Boyd who left the post in December 1873. The Commandant to succeed A.H. Boyd was Dr John Coverdale, the last to serve during the devolvement of the Port Arthur prison which finally closed in 1877. From … Continue reading Port Arthur Records Book 1860s

The Irvines

Jemima Frances Irvine (1822-1919) was a conchologist, traveller, artist and daughter of playwright David Burn. This ticket is an indication of her status as member and exhibitor as early as 1860, an involvement which continued with the Tasmanian Exhibitions through to the 1890s. This Billhead for Irvine & McEachern’s grocery business 1872 indicates her husband’s business before his early death. © The Private Collection of … Continue reading The Irvines

Beattie’s portrait of Louisa Anne Meredith

Detail of J.W. Beattie’s portrait of Louisa Anne Meredith © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007. ARR. One of the photographs in a series taken in Hobart by John Watt Beattie of author, naturalist, artist and photographer Mrs Louisa Anne Meredith in June 1895 shortly before she died. The detail shows her left hand holding a walking cane; two ringed fingers; lace … Continue reading Beattie’s portrait of Louisa Anne Meredith

Mrs Lucas by Alfred Bock

Notes provided by the owners: “Photo is by Alfred Bock, or ‘a photograph reworked by Alfred Bock’. Date is 1894. Size is 400mm x 500mm. Signed in right hand corner “A.F.A. Co. Alfred Bock Artist” – [The Australian Fine Arts Co. Bock’s signature ?] Subject is thought to be Mrs Lucas, the owner of a hotel in Hobart called the Lucas Hotel.” Verso above of … Continue reading Mrs Lucas by Alfred Bock

The Burn Family

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON THE BURN FAMILY Above: reprint 1892 of David Burn travelogue Below: Mrs Irvine’s photo in her gem album with signature Jemima Frances Irvine (nee Burn ) born England 1822, died at Evandale, Tasmania on 17th July, 1919, aged 98 years, was the only daughter of Jacobina and David Burn. The sheet of paper (ephemera) pictured above which reprints a section of her … Continue reading The Burn Family