Cummings, Mr J

Maker and role
William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
May 1875
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Object Detail

Three quarter length studio portrait of a girl, possibly Miss Cummings. She sits with her hands in her lap with fingers interlocked. Distinguishing features include her long hair pulled back by a headband and the check patterened fabric of her dress, with frill detailings. Studio props include a hanging curtain. The backdrop is neutral.

The inscription '2409 = May / 1875 =' 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. (

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