Lammas, Mr J

Maker and role
Photographer: William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
Dec 1881
Photo collection reference number
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Object Detail

Three quarter length studio portrait of Mr J Lammas. He sits with his hands on his knees. Distinguishing features include his low cut double breasted waistcoat with shawl collar, and bound edges of his jacket and waistcoat. The backdrop is neutral.

The inscriptions 'Lammas' and '= 5320 = December / 1881 =' are 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. (


John Thomas Lammas, 1816–1885 BIRTH 15 FEB 1816 • Loose, Maidstone, Kent, England DEATH 14 MAY 1885 • Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand My great great great grandfather

- Tracey Brooker

Posted on 23-05-2018 06:45:40