Cummings, Mr J
Maker and role
William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Photo collection reference number
12424 See full details
The inscription '2409 = May / 1875 =' is in mirror writing.
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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