Skeeth, Mr

Maker and role
Photographer: Theodor Bloch (b.1844, d.1935)
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Three quarter length studio portrait of Mr Skeeth. He sits with one hand on his lap and his other hand on top of a book on a desk. Distinguishing features include his double breasted waistcoat with large fob. Studio props include a chair, desk, book and hanging curtain. The backdrop is neutral. The inscription 'Skeeth 2473' is in mirror writing.
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Glass plate.
quarter plate
0 - Whole = Dimensions = 107.95 x 82.55mm
Maker biography
Theodor Thorlacius Bloch (1844-1935): soldier and adventurer.

Bloch, whose name is sometimes spelt Block, was born in Denmark where he was knighted for his role as a lieutenant in the 1864 war against Prussia and Austria. Bloch emigrated from Copenhagen to New Zealand in 1867 and fought in the New Zealand Wars.

He took over the management of Alexander Fletcher's studio in Nelson, The Nelson Photographic Room, in 1867.

From 1868 to 1872, in partnership with his future brother-in-law, William Brickell Gibbs, he operated Gibbs & Bloch in Trafalgar Street, Nelson. He moved to Australia c1880.

The museum has a collection of approximately 2,500 negatives and several hundred original prints taken by Bloch.
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