Cummings, Miss C

Maker and role
William Brown (b.Circa 1840, d.1922)
Production date
Aug 1882
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Object Detail

Full length studio portrait of Miss C Cummings. She stands with her hands on the back of a chair. Her gaze does not meet the camera. Distinguishing features include the ruched tiers and frilled hem of her skirt. Studio props include two chairs and a fringed cushion. The backdrop is neutral with a skirting board.

The inscription '= 5682 = August / 1882 =' 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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