Hocton, Mrs Ellen

Maker and role
William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
Oct 1876
Photo collection reference number
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Object Detail

Three quarter length studio portrait of Mrs Ellen Hocton (nee Snook). She sits with one hand in her lap and the elbow of her other arm on a table, with her hand touching her face. Distinguishing features include her hair parted in the middle, covered by a hairnet. Studio props include a chair, desk, and hanging curtain. The backdrop is neutral.

The inscription '2948 = November/ 1876 =' is in mirror writing.
Object type
Maker biography
William Edmond Brown (c1840-1922) : carte de visite, promenades, cabinet, Victoria and Imperial.

Brown moved from Auckland in 1865 to start a business in Trafalgar Street. He later moved to Hardy Street. Brown specialised in studio portraits (around 6,000 of these were taken during 1865-1892), including the cheap and very popular carte de visite (a photographic calling card).

He also took scenic and event photographs including The Nelson Provincial Museum's earliest image of an immigrant ship, the Adamant in 1874, showing fifty immigrants on deck.

An excellent record keeper and portrait specialist Brown is the only early Nelson photographer who consistently recorded client and date details, making positive identification possible. (http://www.museumnp.org.nz/photographic/photography.htm)
Credit line
Mrs Ellen Hocton, October 1876. Nelson Provincial Museum, W E Brown Collection: 13044


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