Lammas, Mrs 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 Mrs J Lammas. She sits with one hand in her lap holding and marking a place in a book, and her other arm on the back of a chair, and she holds a small posy of flowers. Distinguishing features include her wide light coloured necktie, and the pleated frill around the bottom of her jacket. Studio props include chairs. The backdrop is neutral with a skirting board.

The inscriptions 'Lammas' and '= 5321 = 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. (

Collection type




Eliza Lammas (nee Cook). Came to Nelson, had five boys and at least 25 grandchildren

- Tracey Brooker

Posted on 02-06-2018 03:48:14