Henry Lawson. William Johnson, fl.1897–1921 Aust.
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Henry Lawson

1915. Two vintage silver gelatin photographs, oval format, photographer’s line printed on backing below image, annotated “H.L.” and dated “1918” in pencil in an unknown hand verso, 5.1 x 3.9cm. Slight foxing, laid down on original presentation backing.

Photographer’s line reads “W. Johnson, Bank Chambers, Pitt & Market Sts, Sydney.” These photographs are from a series of eight images of Henry Lawson seated on a chair. James Tyrrell, in his book Old Sydney, describes taking Lawson around the corner from his bookshop to William Johnson’s studio, where the images were taken. Johnson used a “multiplying camera with a repeating back (which moved the glass plate negative between exposures) to make eight separate portraits on a single half-plate negative. These would be cut into inexpensive single prints.” Ref: SLNSW.

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Item #CL198-50

Price (AUD): $3,950.00  other currencies

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