C1926

[John Harold Hammond]

Superb large signed silver gelatin photographic portrait by the famous Sydney photographer May Moore (1881-1931), of John Harold Hammond wearing his Queen’s Counsels full bottomed wig. Hammond was made Queens Counsel in 1926. John Harold Hammond (1875-1932) was the son of … Read Full Description

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S/N: LEGAL-HAMM-FOTO–390036
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Full Title:

[John Harold Hammond]

Date:

C1926

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Silver gelatin photograph, signed in ink lower right.

Paper Size: 

305mm 
x 390mm
AUTHENTICITY
[John Harold Hammond] - Vintage Print from 1926

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1926

Description:

Superb large signed silver gelatin photographic portrait by the famous Sydney photographer May Moore (1881-1931), of John Harold Hammond wearing his Queen’s Counsels full bottomed wig. Hammond was made Queens Counsel in 1926.

John Harold Hammond (1875-1932) was the son of Mark John Hammond who served as Mayor of Ashfield between 1882 and 1884. John Harold Hammond was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1898 and appointed a QC in 1926. He was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on Wireless in 1927, was an alderman of Ashfield Municipal Council for seventeen years and Mayor twice (1915-1917 and 1923).

Represented in a number of Australian institutions.

Collections:
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National Portrait Gallery Canberra:

Annie May Moore (1880 - 1931)

Moore was a New Zealand born photographer who worked with her sister Mina, as Minnie as she was known Mina was a schoolteacher and had no artistic training she became interested in photography while developing pictures she took with a borrowed camera on a visit to Australia in 1907. On her return to Wellington the sisters bought the Willis Street studio, and before the old staff left May learned camera work, and Mina printing. They quickly developed a distinctive style of close-up-head studio portraiture, the only light coming from an open window to shine on one side of the face. They pioneered sepia toned, bromide paper and limp mounting-boards. Avoiding the prevalent 'stodgy backgrounds and stiff accessories', they chose a simple hessian or cloth back-drop. Both believed that in good portrait photography it was essential to put the sitter at ease and to gain 'some insight into his character'. In 1909 the Sydney-based Australasian Photo Review reproduced the first of many May Moore portraits. In 1910, when May was visiting Sydney, friends arranged a temporary studio for her in the Bulletin building, and Livingston HopkinsDavid Low and the Lindsays were among her first sitters. In 1911 she opened a studio in George Street, and later moved to King Street. Mina managed the Wellington studio and began operating camera until she joined May in Sydney in 1911. In 1913 the sisters opened a studio in J. and N. Tait's auditorium in Collins Street, Melbourne, for Mina to manage. She concentrated on theatrical studies, including the entire Quinlan Grand Opera Company, and she soon had a large clientele. She worked with a freelance woman journalist for a time, combining interview and portrait sessions. The sisters' photographs of actors, musicians, writers and artists were published in such magazines as the HomeLone Hand and Triad; they were often co-signed, although for all but two years they ran separate studios in different cities. In World War I they turned their attention to taking portraits of uniformed servicemen; they prospered and became household names. At St Philip's Church, Sydney, May married a dentist Henry Hammon Wilkes on 13 July 1915. He gave up his practice to help in her studio. Mina married William Alexander Tainsh, company secretary and poet, on 20 December 1916 in Melbourne. Illness forced her to retire in about 1928.

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