Bell, Mrs W G

Maker and role
William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
Dec 1870
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Object Detail

Three quarter length studio portrait of Mrs W G Bell. She sits with her hands clasped in her lap. Her gaze does not meet the camera. Distinguishing features include her hair parted in the middle and the lappets from her headdress hanging down on to her shoulders. Studio props include a desk and chair .The backdrop is neutral with a skirting board.

The inscription '1051- December / 1870' 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. (

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She is buried with her husband William Gordon BELL (the younger) at the St Albans Church cemetery in Appleby, in Nelson.

- Beth Wagstaff

Posted on 11-10-2018 22:46:05

The lady labelled "Mrs W G Bell" was my 2* great grandmother, Eliza (nee Morley), wife of William Gordon BELL (the younger). She was born in 1834 in Westbourne, Sussex, England, and died in Blenheim in 1897. I have more information.

- Jo Broad

Posted on 26-03-2017 23:05:23