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P3548-291 Photographic negative, rain clouds, glass / gelatin, photographed by James Short and Henry Chamberlain Russell, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1891-1900. Click to enlarge.

Rain Clouds

Made
Sometime around July 1891 Sydney Observatory received a new enlarging lens for the Sydney Observatory astrograph or star camera. This attachment, when combined enabled the observatory to take highly magnified images of double stars, the moon and other objects.

In 1890 H. C. Russell, the Government Astronomer, had made experiments using a Dallmeyer portrait lens and while proud of these photographs Russell felt the new lens combination enabled far more detail to be captured. After a series of …

Summary

Object No.

P3548-291

Object Statement

Photographic negative, rain clouds, glass / gelatin, photographed by James Short and Henry Chamberlain Russell, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1891-1900

Physical Description

Photographic negative, rain clouds, glass / gelatin, photographed by James Short and Henry Chamberlain Russell, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1891-1900
A photographic negative showing a clouded sky and the rooftops of Sydney taken from the view point of Sydney Observatory. The road leading up to the Observatory is shown and the roof of the astrograph house can be seen in the foreground of the image.

Marks

Handwritten on envelope originally housing the plate 'Rain clouds coming in from the sea. Earlier in the day it was a flat wall of nimbus. No chance of photographing it.'

Dimensions

Height

215 mm

Width

165 mm

Production

Notes

The image was photographed by James Short and Henry Chamberlain Russell on 31st August 1891 at Sydney Observatory, Observatory Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Rain Clouds 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/328762>

Wikipedia

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