Dominic Sonsee and William Robinson [Dwarf Combination Company, Australia]
Dominic Sonsee and William Robinson [Dwarf Combination Company, Australia]
Dominic Sonsee and William Robinson [Dwarf Combination Company, Australia]
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Dominic Sonsee and William Robinson [Dwarf Combination Company, Australia]

c1882. Two albumen paper photographs, carte-de-visite format, each sitter’s name in pencil or ink with studio line on backing verso, 9.7 x 5.7cm (each). Slight foxing, laid down on original backing.

Studio line reads “Slade [William Joseph], Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW.” Sitter Dominic Sonsee (c1850–1883), who was two feet in height and a “native from Geelong”, is shown in a rural setting, sitting on tree stump, holding a cane and binoculars. The other sitter, William Robinson, who was “double-jointed” and a “tight-rope dancer”, is seated in a chair, holding a book. Both men performed with the Dwarf Combination Company (proprietor Isaac Solomon). Ref: Newcastle Morning Herald, 31.10.1883; The Brisbane Courier, 13.2.1881; The Queenslander, 18.2.1882.

An unusual pair of Australian portraits of little people.

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Item #CL199-39

Price (AUD): $1,850.00  other currencies

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