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85/1285-1016 Glass plate negative, entitled 'Wool Ships, Circular Quay, Sydney', full plate, glass / silver gelatin, photograph by Henry King, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1883-1900, part of the Tyrrell Collection. Click to enlarge.

Glass plate negative of wool clippers at Circular Quay, Sydney, 1883-1900

Made by King, Henry in Australia, Oceania, c. 1880-1900.

This image from a glass plate negative produced between 1883 and 1900 shows two large sailing vessels berthed close to the line of wool stores along the ‘Tarpeian Way’ on the eastern side of Sydney Cove. Behind them is a two-funnelled auxiliary passenger liner, owned by the Orient Line. The large wool store of Hill Clarke & Co. was completed in 1883. Closer to the camera is the store of Winchcombe Carson & Co. A sign advertising the ‘Monster Hibernian Picnic’ hangs on the verandah railing to the...

Summary

Object No.

85/1285-1016

Object Statement

Glass plate negative, entitled 'Wool Ships, Circular Quay, Sydney', full plate, glass / silver gelatin, photograph by Henry King, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1883-1900, part of the Tyrrell Collection

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, entitled 'Wool Ships, Circular Quay, Sydney', full plate, glass / silver gelatin, photograph by Henry King, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1883-1900, part of the Tyrrell Collection

Silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in portrait format. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

60/750 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 1275 King Studio Number

Marks

This negative is not fully catalogued.

Dimensions

Width

165 mm

Production

Notes

Henry King became sole proprietor of a photographic studio in George Street in 1880. Henry King's studio closed around 1900 and Charles Kerry acquired some of his negatives.

Made

King, Henry c. 1880-1900

History

Notes

This photograph is one of 1334 Henry King photographs which are also part of a larger collection of 7,900 negatives once owned by Sydney bookseller, James Tyrrell. After King's death in 1923 the studio collection of glass negatives was purchased by Tyrrell.

In addition to the Henry King images, the Tyrrell Collection at the Powerhouse Museum includes glass plate negatives published by Kerry & Co. Studio and a number of other negatives by unattributed photographers. James Tyrrell used the images by Kerry & Co. and Henry King to produce his own booklets and views of New South Wales but although full of iconic Australian images, the collection does not appear to have been fully utilised by Tyrrell.

The photographic collection acquired by Tyrrell was purchased by Australian Consolidated Press and its new owners almost immediately set about producing a limited series of complete sets of contact prints of the collection for libraries and museums in New South Wales. Housed in boxes copies of these were given to the State Library of New South Wales and the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney.

In 1985 Australian Consolidated Press donated the collection to the Powerhouse Museum. The collection at this time consisted of 7,903 glass plate negatives and 7,916 contact positive prints. Of these 493 glass plates were damaged but usable and 13 plates totally broken.

Geoff Barker, Curatorial, December, 2008

Used

Australian Consolidated Press

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985

Acquisition Date

19 July 1985

Cite this Object

Harvard

Glass plate negative of wool clippers at Circular Quay, Sydney, 1883-1900 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 February 2019, <https://ma.as/30480>

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