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.

Physical Description

Cabinet photograph consisting of a sepia tone photograph mounted on cream card with a silver edge.

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