Cabinet photograph depicting an unknown man and two unknown women, taken by Stewart & Co., Melbourne. Possibly depicting relations of Melbourne photographer, Robert Harvie, or the Harvie family.
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 man and two women. The man sits cross legged in a chair on the right hand side of the frame. A woman sits on the floor to the left of him, while the second woman stands behind them with her hands resting on each of their shoulders.
Cabinet photograph consisting of a sepia tone photograph on orange/peach coloured card.
Place & Date Depicted
Bourke Street East, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890 - 1915
Research into the Harvie collection indicates a date range circa 1890 and 1920. In addition, Stewart & Co. operated photographic studios from various locations in Bourke Street, Melbourne, between 1871 and 1915, therefore, placing the date range of this image circa 1890 - 1915.
Photograph, Black & White
Printed in brown ink on front of card, bottom: 'Stewart & Co. MELBOURNE.' Printed in brown ink on back of card: 'Photographers/ Miniature & Portrait/ Painters/ Stewart & Co/ Bourke St East/ Melbourne/ Enlarged copies from 25 / _
Type of item
107 mm (Width), 165 mm (Height)
Sandie Barrie, 1996, Australians Behind the Camera: Directory of Early Australian Photographers, 1841-1945 Davies A. & Stanbury P. 1985, The Mechanical Eye in Australia, Oxford University Press, Oxford