Carnell, Samuel 1832-1920 :Maori portrait negatives
- 1870 - 1900
- Carnell, Samuel, 1832-1920; Spraggon, Edward G, active 1963
Photographs of Maori, comprising studio portraits, meeting houses, and assemblages of artifacts, taken in the Napier studio of Samuel Carnell. Most of the photographs relate to Ngati Kahungunu.
This collection covers the period from 1870 until approximately 1900. It consists of 211 quarter plate portrait negatives (made by both the wet plate and the dry plate process), 24 half plate negatives made by the dry plate process, and 22 whole plate landscape negatives made by the dry plate process.
A number of the negatives have dates inscribed on them, from which a dating sequence for the entire collection can be established. The wet plate portrait negatives can be dated to the 1870s. The quarter plate dry plate negatives can be dated to the 1880s. The half plate dry plate negatives can be dated to the 1890s. In these images, retouching begins to be used, and the studio decoration is notably more elaborate.
Arrangement: Negatives catalogued at 1/4-022018 to 022162, 022164 to 022228, 1/2-055334 to 055356, 068049, 078965, 1/1-019372 to 019393
Quantity: 257 b&w original negative(s).
Provenance: Mr Spraggon was the son of Ralph Spraggon and Angelina Maud Spraggon (née Carnell), and the grandson of Samuel Carnell. The negatives had been preserved by the family.
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- 257 b&w original negative(s), Negatives, Portraits, Group portraits
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