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Mrs Humpry Ward Carbon Downey photograph

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Mrs Humpry Ward


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Antique print relating to Australia


Mary Augusta Ward nee Arnold; (1851 - 1920), was a British novelist who wrote under her married name as Mrs Humphry Ward. She was born in Hobart, Tasmania, into a prominent intellectual family of writers and educationalists. W(illiam) & D(aniel) Downey, was one of the most prestigious photography studios in Victorian London. From 1890-1894 the publisher Cassell & Co. issued a five volume collection of Downey portraits titled; "Cabinet Portrait Gallery". These volumes were comprised of portraits of eminent persons in all fields. The photographs were issued as carbon prints, a time consuming photographic process that, because it contains no silver, is not prone to fading. Each photo was mounted separately to a page with a simple title and the Downey name and studio address printed below, and bound into a volume. Some foxing in outer margin.

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artist W & D Downey
method Carbon print
date C1890
size 140mm by 95mm (photograph) 240mm by 190mm (sheet)
SKU AU7141