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Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves and Launceston in the late 19th century

[Photograph album containing pictures of New South Wales and Tasmania].
[Australia, 1870s-1880s]. 16.5 x 37 cm. With 34 mounted albumen prints, mostly between 10 x 15 cm and 18 x 23.5 cm, with the smallest ca. 7 x 10 cm, most of them captioned underneath in ink. Oblong half morocco photo album, titled "Queensland" on the front. 18 ll.
€ 1,850
Large album containing photographs of Australia in the late 19th century. Although titled "Queensland" on the front cover, the album does not actually contain a single picture showing the territory of Queensland. The first 17 portray several official buildings in Sydney including St. Patrick's College, the Colonial Secretary's building and the neo-Italian Renaissance General Post Office and show parts of the landscape in the vicinity of the city. Several other photographs show the Jenolan Caves, gold miners on Mount Morgan and the highly popular tourist attraction of Barron Falls "as usually seen". Two group portraits show Aboriginal Australians. Most of these photographs are captioned and signed on the negative by John Paine (1833-1908), a British photographer who settled in Australia and specialized in pictures of Sydney and the Blue mountains.
A group of six photographs shows the landscape near Launceston, Tasmania. These photographs were produced by Steven Spurling (1847-1924), the son of a New Zealand photographer who settled in Launceston in the 1870s and is known for his experimental outdoor photography.
Binding very little worn at the extremities and slightly discoloured at the edges. Some foxing on the album leaves but, with the exception of some minor tears, the photographs are undamaged. Cf. Burgess, "Stephen Spurling", at: Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
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