C1880

Untitled (Family C.Stening Butcher 198)

Artist:

Arthur K.Syer

Rare and detailed photograph by Arthur K Syer from his series of C19th photographs of Sydney. Depicts a colonial butcher’s shop and grocer Sydney.

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S/N: FOTO-NS-SYER–191888
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Full Title:

Untitled (Family C.Stening Butcher 198)

Date:

C1880

Artist:

Arthur K.Syer

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Vintage albumen photograph.

Image Size: 

148mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Untitled (Family C.Stening Butcher 198) - Antique Print from 1880

Genuine antique
dated:

1880

Description:

Rare and detailed photograph by Arthur K Syer from his series of C19th photographs of Sydney.
Depicts a colonial butcher’s shop and grocer Sydney.

Biography:

Arthur Syer (1845-1911)

Syer was the brother of the artist Walter Syer, was a friend of cartoonist Phil May and supplied him with ‘snapshot’ photographs of ordinary people in daily attire. Phil May, renowned for the life-like quality of his illustrations, used the photographs to impart an authentic atmosphere to his cartoons. Syer’s low angle photographs were taken surreptitiously, using a ‘detective camera’. Such cameras, sometimes concealed in parcels or portmanteau, were made possible with the invention of the dry plate in 1880.

Reference:
Phil May and his Photography, Australian Magazine, 1908. pp 668-677

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