(Australia active Australia 1855–75 – )
- Not on display
- Further information
Professional photographer based in Sydney and Brisbane. Watson operated a branch of Thomas Glaister’s studio in 1855 and was working in partnership with James Walker from 1860 to 1862. In 1862 he moved to Brisbane where he ran a popular portrait and views business until 1875.
A carte de visite is a stiff card of about 10 x 6.4 cm, with an attached paper photograph, invented in 1854 by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disderi. They were introduced into Australia in 1859 by William Blackwood with albums arriving in 1860, aiding the collection and distribution of multiple cartes. Cartes were usually portraits and were made by the millions worldwide. Multi-lens, or ‘multiplying’ cameras were introduced in the 1860s, which were capable of producing from 2 to 32 images in quick succession, dramatically increasing the number of cartes de visite that could be made from a single photographic plate. They were easily reproduced by making paper contact prints from the glass plates, which were then cut and pasted to card.
- carte de visite
- 7.1 x 6.0 cm oval image; 10.1 x 6.3 cm mount card
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 2014
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