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  • Title
    James Johnson, survivor of the wreck of the Dunbar, 1857 / [ambrotype attributed to Thomas Glaister]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DG P3/38
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  • Physical Description
    1 photograph - ambrotype, hand coloured - visible image 32.5 x 25 cm., in wooden frame 51.5 x 45.7 cm.

    Able-seaman, James Johnson, was the sole survivor of the clipper Dunbar, which ran aground below South Head, Sydney Harbour, on the night of 20 August 1857. All 121 passengers and crew perished. -- Reference: The Australian encyclopaedia / editor-in-chief: Alec H. Chisholm. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1958. Volume III.

    American-trained professional photographer Thomas Glaister opened a Sydney studio in Pitt Street in 1855.

    For further biographical details see The Dictionary of Australian artists : painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870 / edited by Joan Kerr. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Scope and Content
    Head and shoulders portrait.
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Transferred from DG 300 in August 2018.

    Replaced frame at F 350.
    Digital order no:a128698
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Attributed to Glaister by the Curator of Photographs, State Library of NSW, in 2004.
  • Conservation note

    Reframed in 2000
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