Albumen photograph of a butterfly, Hawkesbury River. HAWKESBURY RIVER.

Albumen photograph of a butterfly, Hawkesbury River.

1896.

Albumen silver photograph 84 x 69 mm. contemporary manuscript inscription on the obverse, very good.

A Nineteenth Century Nature Study

Original field-work photograph of the "Danaeia Erippus" (actually Danaus, the "Southern Monarch") taken at the Hawkesbury River in 1896.

Original field-work photograph of the "Danaeia Erippus" (actually Danaus, the "Southern Monarch") taken at the Hawkesbury River in 1896.

Compelling image of butterflies, caterpillars and a chrysalis perched on a cotton plant. The scene appears to be staged and the obverse inscription reads, '(Use magnifying glass,) For Clifford…caterpillars, chrysalis, butterfly.'

Taken with a dramatically shallow depth of field, the image has an impressive range of tones typical of the albumen silver print technology which was reaching its height towards the end of the twentieth century. Cotton was, notably, first brought to Australia on the First Fleet.

Price (AUD): $225.00  other currencies     Ref: #4001593

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