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  • Title
    File 1: [Dr William Bland, ca. 1845 - portrait]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/MIN 350
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1845
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 1 daguerreotype (ninth plate daguerreotype in Wharton case) - 7.5 x 6.3 cm.

    Dr William Bland, an ex-convict, was a prominent surgeon, humanitarian, social reformer and inventor. Reference: "Doctor's Picture Takes Us Back", Business Review Weekly, February 13, 1995, p.111.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    This daguerreotype is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia. It is probably that mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald 14/1/1845, page 2, top column 5. Stylistically, it matches the Lawson daguerreotypes [See Location Numbers: MIN 142, MIN 155, MIN 157, MIN 158, MIN 323, MIN 345 Mitchell Library] two of which are dated in a contemporary hand 3/5/1845. It would appear to be a product of Goodman's new studio at 49 Hunter Street, Sydney (see SMH 5/8/1844), before the introduction of hand colouring (see SMH 9/1/1845) and before the introduction of decorative backgrounds (see SMH 25/4/1846). It was probably produced between November 1844 and early January 1845 -- Alan Davies, Curator of Photographs, State Library of NSW, 1993.
    This Daguerreotype was copied by William Nicholas for his portrait of Dr. Bland in William Baker's Heads of the People 18/12/1847 p. 67. [Location number: Q059/H Mitchell Library] It was also copied by Richard Read junior for his portrait of Dr. Bland [Location number: ZP2 250 Mitchell Library], exhibited at the Society of Fine Arts 1849 exhibition (see SMH 2/6/1849).

    Colour transparency digitised 1999
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1257755
  • Name
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  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Just Received case - State Library of New South Wales
    Treasures from the World's Great Libraries - National Library of Australia (December 2001 - February 2002)
    Eye 4 photography - State Library of New South Wales (January - May 2005)
    ONE hundred : celebrating the Mitchell Library centenary - State Library of New South Wales (March - June 2010)
    The Photograph and Australia (Art Gallery of New South Wales) - Art Gallery of New South Wales (March - June 2015)
    The Photograph and Australia (Queensland Art Gallery) - Queensland Art Gallery (2015)

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