Glass plate negative portrait of Jean Harvie standing in a garden. Jean is most likely around 18 years in age.
It is thought that this photograph was taken by Jean's father, studio photographer, Robert William Harvie, before his death in 1922. Harvie regularly used his daughters as subjects for his photographs, a large number of which are taken outdoors. For a similar image of Jean's sister, Ellison, taken in the same garden, see MM 127627.
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 standing in a backyard wearing a long dark dress with a white pattern and white collar. She is standing to the right of a flower bed and bushes, in front of a wooden fence. The tops of other houses can be seen in the background.
Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.
Place & Date Depicted
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1922
Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the collection indicates a date range circa 1922. Jean was born in 1904 and it is estimated that in this image she is probably around the age of 18 years, taking into consideration a similar image of her sister Ellison who was born in 1902. This image was most likely taken by her father, Robert Harvie, before his death in 1922. During this period the family lived at 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken.
Glass Negative, Black & White
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 80 mm (Height)