Glass plate negative portrait of Jean Wentworth Harvie sitting in a hammock with a dog on her lap, probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years.
It is thought that this photograph was taken by her father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. 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. Harvie regularly used his daughters as subjects for his photographs, a large number of which are taken in gardens, presumably at the family's various residential addresses.
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 young dark haired girl sitting in a hammock or a swing, leaning against a tree, with a dog on her lap in a backyard. She is wearing a white dress with black knee high socks and shoes with what appears to be a dark flower or accessory in her hair.
Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format. Yellow tint around girl's torso.
Place & Date Depicted
Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1912-1916
Image possibly depicts the backyard of one of three residences the family lived at in Malvern during the period of 1910 - 1916, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken. The family lived at 4 The Terrace, Malvern, from 1908 to 1911; 4 Inverness Ave, Malvern, from 1911 to 1913; and 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, from 1913 onwards. Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the age of Jean indicates it was taken earlier. Jean was born in 1904 and and it is estimated that in this image she is probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years, placing the date range circa 1912-1916.
Glass Negative, Black & White
Type of item
87 mm (Width), 61 mm (Height)