About the McCullagh Collection

A private collection of 19th century Tasmaniana

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J. W. Beattie’s photograph on glass of Haughton Forrest painting

John Watt Beattie photographed several paintings of the artist Haughton Forrest. This particular photograph is on glass. These scans are from the original photograph on glass: Notes from John McCullagh: This is a photo on the glass itself of the Hobart Town waterfront and Mount Wellington taken by John Watt Beattie of a painting by Haughton Forrest. The brush strokes can be seen with a … Continue reading J. W. Beattie’s photograph on glass of Haughton Forrest painting

Lady Fox Young

Cabinet portrait. The mount bears the Anson Bros. Hobart studio stamp, dating it to late 1880s. Lady Fox Young was the wife of Sir Henry E. Fox Young who was Governor-in-Chief of Tasmania from 1855 to 1861, and one-time Governor of South Australia. From © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2010 ARR. THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ANSON, Joshua at H.H.BAILY, 1872-1877. ANSON Bros; 132 … Continue reading Lady Fox Young

Alfred Bock studio stamps and portraits

This is an early Alfred Bock studio stamp, dated around 1857 when he first set up the City Photographic Establishment at 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town, complete with glass house studio. The stamp shows the early bare design of the photographer’s initials “A.B.” encircled by a belt with buckle, the motto in Latin “Ad Altiora” (towards the heights) withing the belt’s circumference, and a kangaroo perched on top. The studio’s address lies outside the design. Continue reading Alfred Bock studio stamps and portraits

Jemima Frances Irvine’s Gem Album of Tintypes

From © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2010 ARR. This gem album containing 49 tintypes is probably from the estate of Jemima Frances IRVINE (1822-1920)* conchologist, artist, traveller and daughter of playwright David Burn, now part of The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh. The album was manufactured by Gove & Allen, 324 George St. Sydney, Australia, and when closed measures … Continue reading Jemima Frances Irvine’s Gem Album of Tintypes

Port Arthur church

PHOTOGRAPH ON GLASS Notes from current owners: “Port Arthur 1918. No 1 ANSON HOBART on lower of photo . On glass size 28cm x 23.5cm” The verso of the oval brass frame has the “Anson’s Photographs,Wellington Bridge Hobart” label. ANSON, Joshua at H.H.BAILY, 1872-1877. ANSON Bros; 132 Liverpool St. 1878-1880; 36 Elizabeth St. 1880-1887; 52 Elizabeth St. 1887-9; 129 Elizabeth St.1894-95. The two Anson brothers … Continue reading Port Arthur church

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