Maker and role
Photographer: Theodor Bloch (b.1844, d.1935)
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Object Detail

Three quarter length studio portrait of a woman. She sits with her hands clasped in her lap. Her gaze does not meet the camera. Distinguishing features include her light coloured headdress with back veil, contrasting with her dark coloured outfit, adorned with a large brooch and a square-linked chain down the middle of her bodice. Studio props include a chair. The backdrop is neutral with a skirting board. The inscription 'No 185.' is in mirror writing.
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Media/materials description
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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