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2008/165/1-182 Glass plate negative (1 of 193), portrait of a man seated in a garden, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, c. 1900. Click to enlarge.

Glass plate negative, portrait of a man seated in a garden

Made by in Australia, Oceania

This collection of glass plate negatives was acquired by the Museum in the 1980s and appears to have been made by a Sydney based photographic studio from around 1880 through to 1920. The images are on both whole and half plate negatives and many of the larger images are of a high quality.

The subjects covered by the images relate strongly to a number of the Museum’s collecting fields. Leisure and the performing arts are represented by a group of unusual boxing and fencing photographs, stage set...

Summary

Object No.

2008/165/1-182

Object Statement

Glass plate negative (1 of 193), portrait of a man seated in a garden, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, c. 1900

Physical Description

Glass plate negative (1 of 193), portrait of a man seated in a garden, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, c. 1900

Portrait-format, black and white glass plate negative depicting a staged scene with a woman dressed as a man in a checked suit with a bowler hat and fake moustache. The woman holds a pipe and a magazine and is seated in a garden against a brick wall partly draped with a sheet.

Marks

No marks.

Dimensions

Height

160 mm

Width

115 mm

Production

Photographed

Australia, Oceania c.1900

Notes

The photographic glass plate negative was photographed and produced in Australia, c. 1900. There have been suggestions that the Phillips collection of photographs was created by Harry Phillips, (1873-1944), an early twentieth century photographer born in Ballarat and best known for his photographs of the Blue Mountains. Recent museum research has shown that the photographer Harry J. Phillips, the uncle of Raymond W. Phillips, was born in Sydney in 1872. There does not appear to be any connection between the families of the Ballarat-born Harry Phillips and Harry J. Phillips.

History

Notes

The donor Raymond Phillips was a rotograver and for many years was responsible for the Australian Women's Weekly cover. His father, Arthur Phillips, was a gold and silver merchant and was possibly the photographer of the glass plate negatives. In 1920, the family moved from Willoughby to Latimer Road, Bellevue Hill. A bachelor, Raymond Phillips remained in the house after his parents' death. The slides were found in a deal box in the garage.

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Harvard

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Wikipedia

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