Leov, Mrs C

Maker and role
Photographer: William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
Nov 1870
Photo collection reference number
11364
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Three quarter length studio portrait of Mrs C Leov. She sits with her hands crossed over in her lap. Her gaze does not meet the camera. Distinguishing features include the small collar of her garment with oval brooch at her neck. Studio props include a chair. The backdrop is neutral with a skirting board.

The inscription '1040 - November/ 1870' is in mirror writing.
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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)

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Phoebe Maria Leguire, or Leguire Sullivan. Wife of Charles Augustus Leopold Leov. Phoebe Leov died 1878.

- WPM

Posted on 26-04-2015 20:21:30