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Glass Negative - Small Child Holding Fob Watch to Ear, Australia, circa 1890s - 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 043238

Summary:
Glass plate negative portrait of a small child holding a fob watch to their ear, most likely taken by studio photographer, Robert William Harvie.

This image may depict one of Mr Harvie's daughters or nephews, however, the identity of the child is unclear. The photograph appears to have been taken in a studio and therefore may have been taken in Mr Harvie's photography studio, Harvie & Sutcliffe.

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:
Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.
Description Of Content:
A portrait of a small child in a white dress and dark shoes, holding what appears to be a fob watch to their right ear.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 213 mm (Height), 160 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: portraits, watches, children, children s clothing
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: PORTRAITS
Secondary Classification: Female - Individuals
Tertiary Classification: infants
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Date & Place Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890 - 1920

Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the collection indicates a date range circa 1890s-1920s. The photograph appears to have been taken in a studio and therefore may have been taken in Mr Harvie's photography studio, Harvie & Sutcliffe, located in the Cromwell Buildings, 366a Bourke Street, Melbourne, however it is unclear if the photograph was taken at this address.
Creator (Possible): Mr Robert Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890 - 1920

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