Photographic negative, composite portrait, frontispiece for publication ‘Transit of Venus 1874’, glass / gelatin / silver, photographer unknown, used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1892

Made 1892

In 1872 H. C. Russell was approved 1000 pounds by the New South Wales Government to make observations and photograph the 1874 Transit of Venus. By 1874 the instruments were ready and Russell had selected astronomers and photographers to form four separate observing parties. Observation stations were situated at Woodford in the Blue Mountains, Eden on the south coast, Goulburn on the tablelands south of Sydney and at the Sydney Observatory itself.

The group of observers at these locations were ...

Summary

P3548-780
Photographic negative, composite portrait, frontispiece for publication 'Transit of Venus 1874', glass / gelatin / silver, photographer unknown, used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1892

A rectangular black and white silver gelatin glass plate negative in portrait format. The negative features the portraits of 16 men. The name of the person featured in each portrait is written in the oval border that surrounds each picture. Twelve of the sixteen portraits are arranged to form a ring around four central portraits.

Dimensions

255 mm
305 mm

Production

1892

Cite this Object

Photographic negative, composite portrait, frontispiece for publication 'Transit of Venus 1874', glass / gelatin / silver, photographer unknown, used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1892 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 March 2017, <https://ma.as/383132>
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