Glass plate negative portrait of studio photographer, Robert William Harvie, 33 years old.
According to interpretation of the inscription, this photograph was taken of Robert Harvie in 1901, one month before his wedding to Alice Edington Marshall on the 14th August 1901.
Robert 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
A formal portrait of a man depicting his head and torso dressed in a darkly coloured jacket and waistcoat with a high collared white shirt and dark checkered tie. The man has his head turned in a side on profile to the right and gazes out to the right hand side of the image.
Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.
Place & Date Depicted
Harvie & Sutcliffe Studio, 366a Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1898 - 1908
It is unclear whether this image was taken by Mr Harvie on a timer or by his studio Harvie & Sutcliffe, however, the fact that the Collection holds both the glass negative and prints developed from this image suggest Mr Harvie, himself, or his studio Harvie & Sutcliffe produced this image.
Glass Negative, Quarter Plate, Black & White
Right hand side, lengthwise along edge, black ink, handwritten: 'Mr R. Harvie 15.7.01' (possibly 13.7.01 or 15.7.07)
Type of item
120 mm (Width), 161 mm (Height)