Cabinet photograph depicting a woman, taken by F.B. Mendelssohn & Co., Melbourne. Possibly depicting a relation of Melbourne photographer, Robert Harvie, or the Harvie family.
The woman bears a family resemblance to Robert Harvie's mother, Ellen D'Arcy Harvie, and may be one of her sisters, possibly Matilda Lucretia Von Der Luft, or one of her nieces. For an image of Ellen D'Arcy Harvie see MM 130281.
Robert William Harvie was a professional photographer who, with his business partner Albert Sutcliffe, owned a photography studio named Harvie & Sutcliffe between 1898 and 1908, located in the Cromwell Buildings, 366a Bourke Street, corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.
The Harvie Collection includes examples of Robert Harvie's private and professional photographic practice. A number of the photographs depict the family life of four generations of the Harvie family, including the Lang family.
The Harvie and Lang families had social significance in Melbourne through their active involvement in early Australian vegetarian movements, early moving film, photography and architecture, as well as various other cultural societies and clubs in Melbourne.
Description of Content
Portrait of a woman in a dark dress with a high collar and embroidered pleats down the chest.
Cabinet photograph consisting of a sepia tone photograph mounted on cream card with a silver edge.
Place & Date Depicted
Queen's Walk, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890 - 1920
The inscription at the bottom of the card indicates this photograph was taken at F.B. Mendelssohn & Co. studios at Queen's Walk, Melbourne. Research into the Harvie collection indicates a date range circa 1890 and 1920.
Photograph, Black & White
Embossed in silver ink on front of card, bottom: 'MENDELSSOHN/ QUEENS WALK STUDIOS/ MELBOURNE' Printed in brown ink on back of card: 'F.B. Mendelssohn & Co./ High Art Photographers/ QUEEN'S WALK STUDIOS/ VICTORIA BUILDINGS./ Melbourne.' Printed in brown ink on back of card, bottom: 'This portrait can be enlarged in carbon or platinotype/ and painted in oil or water colours or in monochrome/ at any time without another sitting'
Type of item
106 mm (Width), 164 mm (Height)