Harding, William James, 1826-1899 :Negatives of Wanganui district

1856 - 1889
Harding, William James, 1826-1899; Martin, Alfred, 1846?-1906; Denton, Frank James, 1869-1963

Landscapes, street scenes and portraits, Wanganui district, taken ca 1860-1890 by the studio of William James Harding, Wanganui. Includes portraits of military personnel taken circa 1860s. Includes some photographs taken by Denton.

Source of title - Title supplied by Library

Other Titles - Harding-Denton Collection

William James Harding founded his studio in Wanganui in 1856. In 1889 he sold it to Alfred Martin, who had previously practiced in Christchurch. During his tenure, Harding occasionally hired out his studio to other photographers, and there are images in the 1/4 plate sequence which the Library also holds as cartes-de-visite by the photographers D Thomson and T Tuffin. Alfred Martin sold the business to Frank Denton in 1899. Denton in turn sold out to Mark Lampe around 1930, but retained Harding's negatives, and Martin's 10x8 and 10x12 negatives, himself.

Quantity: 6561 b&w original negative(s).

Provenance: The negatives were made by the studio of William James Harding, Wanganui, which operated from 1856 to 1889. The studio passed to Alfred Martin, and then to F J Denton, who retained Harding's negatives after selling the studio to Mark Lampe.

Processing information: Archivists notes - Originally arranged and described in 1993. Reference number changed from PAColl-3042 to PA-Group-00380 in 2009.

Negatives described at 1/1-000502 to 000582. This batch of negatives appears to comprise some Harding negatives, some copy negatives of Wellington (possibly by Denton), possibly some Martin negatives, and some later Denton negatives that for some reason were not included in the collection sold to Lampe - notes from John Sullivan, Curator 2011.

Additional description

Alternative form available: Prints available at this collection number of the following negatives: 1/4-009448, 009450, 017106, 017109, 017115, 017126, 017135, 017141, 017153, 017154, 017155, 017179, 017181, 017182 and others as yet unidentified but probably from the 1/2-017096 to 017192 sequence.

File prints of most negatives are to be found in Turnbull Library Pictures public file.

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Partly restricted material
6561 b&w original negative(s), Negatives, Wet collodion negatives, Dry plate negatives, Portraits, Group portraits, Landscape photographs
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