Photographic print, mounted in album, interior view, the western transept from the dome in the 1879 Sydney Exhibition ‘Garden Palace’ building, paper / albumen / silver, photographed by Messrs Richards and Company for the International Exhibition Commissioners, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880.

This photograph was taken looking down the western transept towards the Macquarie Street entrance. In the background we can clearly see the magnificent glassware display of Thomas Webb and Company while the foreground is taken up with Austrian glass and ‘fancy’ articles, including the work of Erlaucht Graf and Harrach Sche. To the left are the Austrian and German Courts. The over-exposed light from the windows along the arched roof and galleries suggests a long exposure was necessary to illumina...

Summary

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Photographic print, mounted in album, interior view, the western transept from the dome in the 1879 Sydney Exhibition 'Garden Palace' building, paper / albumen / silver, photographed by Messrs Richards and Company for the International Exhibition Commissioners, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880

A photographic print in landscape format showing the exhibitions contained within the West Transept of the Garden Palace. The photograph has been taken from the Dome of the Garden Palace and shows the back of the statue of Queen Victoria on the left hand side. The exhibition space has a high arched ceiling with showcases and items on open display down the middle of the gallery. Objects on display include vases, chairs and glassware. There is a mezzanine floor running down the left hand side of the gallery. Exhibits can be seen on the mezzanine and in the space under the mezzanine. Signs for 'AUSTRIA' can be seen on the displays. The photograph has been fixed on a thick cardboard page within the bound volume and is surrounded by a decorative border. The facing page provides information about the photograph.

Dimensions

200 mm
147 mm

Production

Richards and Co. were the first to win exclusive rights to photograph the exhibition but Roberts, Richards & Company's work was deemed sub-standard and their contract was ended by early 1880.

The next appointment was another similarly named firm 'Richards & Co.' who are the authors of the photographs in Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition1879, even though some photographs of the inaugural ceremony must have been taken by the earlier company.

In the end the bulk of the photographs were of the 'Garden Palace' building and the exhibits appear to have been produced by 'Roberts and Co.'. Once the exhibition was over controls on the photographing and the Garden Palace and the other buildings became less strict and as a result other photographers began to take their own images of the buildings. These included John Paine and Charles Bayliss.

Geoff Barker, July, 2009

References
Commissioners of the Sydney International Exhibition, 'Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition1879', Thomas Richards, Government Printer, Sydney 1881
P., Proudfoot, R. Maguire, and R. Freestone (eds.), Colonial City Global City, Sydney's International Exhibition 1879, Crossing Press, Sydney, 2000
1879-1880

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Photographic print, mounted in album, interior view, the western transept from the dome in the 1879 Sydney Exhibition 'Garden Palace' building, paper / albumen / silver, photographed by Messrs Richards and Company for the International Exhibition Commissioners, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 June 2017, <https://ma.as/391742>
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