[Well dressed woman]

Carte de visite of an unknown well dressed woman by Lyne Brown with his Singleton, New South Wales studio stamp on verson.

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Full Title:

[Well dressed woman]




In good condition.


Carte de visite albumen paper print

Paper Size: 

x 102mm
[Well dressed woman] - Antique Photograph from 1869

Genuine antique



Carte de visite of an unknown well dressed woman by Lyne Brown with his Singleton, New South Wales studio stamp on verson.

Davies, A. & Stansbury, P. The Mechanical Eye in Australia Photography 1841-1900. Wellington 1985: p. 138.
Kerr, J. The Dictionary of Australian Artists Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870 Melbourne 1992: p.101.

Albumen Print (1850 - 1900)

Was a photograph made using albumen paper, popular for photographic printing between 1850 and 1900. Thin paper was coated with a layer of egg-white (albumen) containing salt and sensitised with a silver nitrate solution, then printed using daylight under a negative. The resulting paper had a smooth surface with a fine sheen. Albumen prints could be toned with a gold solution which gave a rich purplish-brown colour to the image and reduced the risk of fading. During the mid c.19th.

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Carte-de-visite ( 1854 - 1900) (1854 - 1900)

Were small cards, the size of a formal visiting card about 114mm x 63mm, with an albumen paper print photograph attached. They were invented in 1854 by A.A.E. Disderi. The backs of the cards were normally printed with the photographer's name, address and insignia.

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Lyne Brown ( - )

Photographer worked at Elijah Hart 's former George Street gallery in Sydney from May 1854. He advertised in the Illustrated Sydney News on 30 September that coloured daguerreotype portraits and a wide selection of photographic imports (including fancy cases, frames and glass stereoscopic views) were available from his Photographic Institution, 197 George Street. At the exhibition held at the Australian Museum in 1854 in preparation for the 1855 Paris Universal Exhibition, Lyne Brown exhibited a daguerreotype portrait and a pair of views ( Rain and Sunshine ). The latter, taken by the collodion wet-plate process – which Lyne Brown was one of the first to popularise in Sydney – appear to have been sent on to Paris. In January 1855 he was advertising 'recent Improvements in PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS’ in Waugh and Cox’s Sydney Directory , proclaiming the superiority of his stereoscopic camera ('by one of the first London makers’) and his glass collodion pictures (ambrotypes) to the cumbersome apparatus and silver reflecting plates of the daguerreotype. He emphasised that the greater speed of the collodion wet-plate process made it ideal for portraits of children. (Advertising that your studio took children and babies faster than anyone else was almost universal in the early years of photography as the head clamps used to keep adults immobile were obviously unsuitable for the very young.) Although difficult to trace, Lyne Brown seems to have been based at Sydney throughout the 1850s. He is possibly the 'M.’ Brown listed respectively at 451 and 628 Wilshire Place, Brickfield Hill, in 1857 and 1858. Professional travels north of Sydney were taken in the 1860s and 1870s, including several visits to Singleton in the Hunter Valley. According to available directories, 'J.L. Browne, Artist’ was there in 1862 63, while J. 'S.’ Brown, photographer, was resident in 1867 68. An undoubted J. Lyne Brown was there in 1880, working from George Street. Cartes-de-visite are known from the town. Brown was working in the New England area in the 1870s, advertising at Uralla in 1872 that he had been making stereoscopic portraits since 1855 (sic) and was now 'Operating Daily at Carroll’s Court House Hotel’. As well as taking portraits, he had views of Murrurundi, Tamworth, Inverell, Bundarra and Uralla available for a shilling each. He was at Glen Innes in 1876. He ventured as far north as Cairns in North Queensland on one of his trips and settled there from 1894 to 1919. His studio was in Abbott Street, opposite the wharves. Lyne Brown became an alderman on Cairns City Council, where he was renowned for his caustic wit. Writer

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