Horton, Mr John

Maker and role
William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
Jul 1876
Photo collection reference number
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Object Detail

Three quarter length studio portrait of Mr John Horton. He sits wtih his hands on his lap. His gaze does not meet the camera. Distinguishing features include his trimmed moustache and beard, diagonally striped necktie attached to his collar with a cow hitch knot, and low cut double breasted waistcoat with shawl collar. The backdrop is neutral. .
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. (http://www.museumnp.org.nz/photographic/photography.htm)

Collection type




John Horton (1866-1931), son of John and Phoebe Horton (nee Curtis). He married Frances Emily Lovell in 1887.

- Sharon Cornwall

Posted on 31-03-2018 04:21:16