Glass plate negative depicting three portraits of Mr. Sampson, possibly taken by Melbourne photographer, Mr. 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.

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

Three portrait exposures of a young man, neatly dressed in a suit and tie. The exposure on the left depicts a slightly side on profile of the man who is looking out the right of the frame. The man is sitting on a chair. The exposure on the right depicts the man facing forward, looking directly at the camera. The middle exposure depicts the man sitting backward on the chair with his arms folded across the back of the chair. He is facing forward and looking at the camera with a half smile on his face.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.

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