Glass Negative - Three Portrait Exposures of an Older Woman, Australia, circa 1890s - 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 043412

Glass plate negative depicting three portraits of an older woman. The inscription on the glass negative, 'Miss M. Harvey', indicates the woman might be Miss Maude Harvie, sister of Melbourne photographer, Robert Harvie, however, the person depicted does not appear to be Maude (MM 043415).

This is possibly an image commissioned by Maude. The misspelling of Harvie, indicates it is not an image taken by Robert Harvie. It is possible that the woman depicted is Robert and Maude's mother, Ellen D'Arcy Harvie, or one of her four sisters, Margaret, Matilda, Cecilia or Mary.

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.
Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.

The glass negative is more matt and has a slightly different grain to Mr Harvie's other images. The left hand corners of the image have been blocked off from exposure.
Description Of Content:
Three exposures of the portrait of a woman, from the chest up. The woman is dressed in a darkly coloured dress, with her hair arranged up, behind her head. There is a cross scratched into the right hand exposure.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 118 mm (Height), 162 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: clothing, hair, portraits
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: adults
Inscriptions: Thin strip of white masking tape with a hand written inscription in pencil and black pen along top right hand edge of negative: '121 Miss M. Harvey. [sic] 30p 1/2 folder' or '300 /2 folder'
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White; Quarter Plate
Place & Date Depicted: 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.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No