Summary

Portait of a mother nursing her child while seated on a log. Taken in a studio or a makeshift studio. Both are wrapped in the woman's possum skin cloak. In front of a log is a very large coiled basket. with a possum skin cloak. Foliage has been placed to either side and the cloth backdrop can be seen behind them. Original print from the R.E. Johns album. Written in front of the album is the date '05/01/90'.The handwritten entry in the index at the front the of the album provides a the following information: 'Aboriginal woman and child - Upper Murray River 1870'. The dates entered into the index along side each entry most likely refers to the the date the photograph was created or added to the album. Research undertaken in 2013 located the same photograph in the LaTrobe Library Collection which were dated and the photographer identified however the name of the woman and her child or where the actual photograph was taken is still not known. Thomas Washbourne was active as a photographer from 1870 to 1888.

Physical Description

Albumen print. Adhered to standard cardboard stock. Print is inserted into window mount through an opening at the bottom of the page. The page is sealed on three sides. Mount has gilded edging and the window is framed by a decorative gold border. One of 52 photographs in an album dated 1890 with an index located at the front. Page number "3" annotated top right-hand corner.

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