Bisson frères

Bisson, Louis-Auguste (1814-76; French) & Bisson, Auguste-Rosalie (1826-1900; French) Albums included in this catalogue Baldus & Bisson frères France and Belgium {1860-61} SLV [PH] Bisson frères Switzerland and America {1860} SLV [PH] Louis-Auguste Bisson was a pioneer of photography, opening his Paris studio in 1841; later, he was joined by his younger brother. Their 1850s-60

Hymans, Henri (1836-1912; Belgian)

Works included in this catalogue * Hymans after Dell’Acqua The Tortoise Merchant {1868} [PR] * Hymans after Induno Popolane di Roma {1868} [PR] Besides being a print-maker, Hymans was also curator of prints at the Bibliothèque royale in Brussels, and a respected art historian. Both lithographs listed above, part of the donation of prints by

Weigall, Henry (1829?-1925; English)

Works by or after Weigall included in this catalogue Weigall Dr Charles Perry 1875 {1876} SLV [PA] Reynolds (S.) after Weigall Duke of Wellington {1883} NGV [PR] Weigall portrayed many of his contemporaries over a long and successful career. Refs. Bénézit 14, p.740 (noting that he exhibited at the RA from 1846); see also the entry noted

Leighton, Frederick (1830-96; English)

Work by Leighton included in this catalogue Leighton Study for Elijah {1897} NGV [DR] Ceramics bought on Leighton’s advice in 1885: see note below. The artist, described by Christopher Wood as “the Hercules of Victorian classicism,” was knighted in 1878, and was then made a peer shortly before he died. The drawing listed above was

Dicksee, Frank (1853-1928; English)

Works included in this catalogue: Dicksee The Crisis 1891 {1891} NGV [PA] * Dicksee Unidentified drawing {c.1896?} Loc? [DR] Dicksee, who became a member of the Royal Academy in 1891, pursued a successful career as a painter of historical subjects and dressy society portraits. Late in life, he was elected President of the RA (1924) and

Russell, Robert (1808-1900; English/Australian)

Works by or after Russell included in this catalogue: Montefiore Melbourne from the Falls 1837 {by 1870} SLV [ET] Russell Melbourne from the Falls 1837 {by 1870} SLV [DR] * Russell [attrib.] Melbourne from the Old Falls 1837 {1891} Loc? [PR] Russell Melbourne from the Falls 1837 {1903} SLV [WT] [photo: Alice Panton: portrait of Russell in 1899 (SLV)] Russell, appointed

Strafford, George (c.1820-96; English/Australian)

Works included in this catalogue De Gruchy & Leigh after Strafford Melbourne, 1856 {by 1861} SLV [PR] Strafford Police Station, Richmond Paddock {1888} SLV [DR] Strafford St Paul’s Church {1888} SLV [DR] Strafford studied and exhibited in England, where he was admired by Ruskin. He migrated to Australia in 1851, and was active as a draughtsman

McLean, Melhuish, Napper & Co. (c.1859-61; English)

Photographs included in the following entries: Fenton & others Palaces, Castles & Seats in England {1860} SLV [PH] Fenton, Bedford & others Cathedrals and Abbeys in England and Scotland {1860} SLV [PH] Arthur Melhuish (1829-95) appears to have been the major figure in the partnership he formed in London with Thomas McLean and Robert Napper, which ran from 1859 until

Caire, Nicholas (1837-1918; English/Australian)

Photographs by Caire are noted under the following entries: Cole (T.) Duncan Gillies 1891 {1891} SLV [PA] Gilbert & Ball Redmond Barry 1887 {1887} SLV [SC] Rubens (after) The Garden of Love {1904} NGV [PA] Caire, born in Guernsey, had already developed an interest in photography by the time he arrived in Australia with his parents in about 1860.

Cocke, Archibald Lewis (1824-96; English)

Photographs included in the following entries: Fenton, Bedford & others England and Wales {1860} SLV [PH] Fenton, Bedford & others Cathedral and Abbeys {1860} SLV [PH] Cocke was a pioneer of photography in Britain, producing daguerrotypes from 1847, and submitting prints to the “Exhibition of Recent Specimens of Photography” in London (December 1852-January 1853), said

Cade, Robert (1820-79; English)

Photographs by Cade are listed in the following entries: Fenton, Bedford & others England and Wales {1860} SLV [PH] Fenton, Bedford & others Cathedrals and Abbeys {1860} SLV [PH] Little appears to be known about this photographer, several of whose architectural plates are included in the albums listed above. Refs. For some information on Cade,

Brogi, Giacomo (1822-81; Italian)

Photos listed in this catalogue under: Brogi Ricordi di Napoli {c.1880?} SLV [PH] Skeen & others Pompei {sic} and Paris {c.1888} SLV [PH] Brogi worked as a photographer in his native Florence from c.1864, also making photographic trips to the Middle East etc. There were also offices in Rome and Naples. After his death, the business was

Powers, Longworth (1835-1904; US/Italian)

Photographs included in this catalogue: Powers & others: Photographs of Rome etc. {c.1888} SLV [PH] Powers & others: Views of Florence {c.1888} SLV [PH]  [reproduction: Longworth Powers photograph of Hiram Powers’ The Last of the Tribes (H2006.109/4)] The son of noted US sculptor Hiram Powers (1805-73), Longworth was presumably named after Nicholas Longworths, a Cincinnati businessman who was

Bedford, Francis (1815-94; English)

Bedford’s photographs appear in the following albums included in this catalogue: Fenton, Bedford (F.) & others England and Wales {1860} SLV [PH] Fenton, Bedford (F.) & others Cathedrals and Abbeys in England and Scotland {1860} SLV [PH] Fenton & others Palaces, Castles & Seats in England {1860} SLV [PH] Bedford helped to found the Royal

Ryall, Henry Thomas (1811-67; English)

Works included in this catalogue Ryall after Landseer Deer Stalkers returning {1868} NGV [PR] Ryall after Paton (J.N.) The Pursuit of Pleasure 1864 {by 1865} NGV [PR]  Ryall, appointed historical engraver to Queen Victoria, reproduced paintings by many of his contemporaries. Refs. For Ryall, see Bénézit 12, p.176; AKL 100 (2018), p.207;; and

Reynolds, Joshua (1723-92; English)

Pre-Felton works after Reynolds Purcell after Reynolds David Garrick {1868} NGV [PR] Smith (J.) after Reynolds Madona col bambino 1791 {1868} NGV [PR] Reynolds distinguished himself not only as a fine portrait-painter, but also as a precursor of the modern arts bureaucrat, especially as foundation President of the British Royal Academy from 1768 until his

Robinson, John Henry (1796-1871; English)

Works included in this catalogue Robinson after Selous Surrender of Calais {1868} NGV [PR] Robinson after Stewart Daniel O’Connell {1868} NGV [PR] He was one of the eminent British engravers who petitioned in 1836 for the admission of engravers to the Royal Academy – agreed some years later. Robinson himself was elected to the RA

Guardabassi, Guerrino (1841-93; Italian)

Works included in this catalogue * Guardabassi L’Elemosina {1883} Loc? [WT] * Guardabassi The Matador {1883} Loc? [WT] * Guardabassi Un Vecchio Cappuccino {1883} Loc? [WT] * Guardabassi Una Vecchia che fila {1883} Loc? [WT] Guardabassi The Venetian Senator {1883} NGV [WT] The artist worked in Rome and Paris, mainly producing picturesque landscapes and figure

Strange, Robert (1721-92; Scottish)

Works included in this catalogue Strange after Cortona Caesar putting away Pompeia {by 1868} NGV [PR] Strange after Cortona Romulus and Remus {by 1868?} NGV [PR] Strange fought in the Jacobite rising of 1745 and subsequently worked in France and Italy, later returning to London and finding favour with George III. The two pre-Felton engravings by

Canova, Antonio (1757-1822; Italian)

Works after Canova listed in this catalogue * Canova [after] Head of Christ {by 1865} Loc? [SC] * Canova [after] Two Lions {by 1865} Loc? [SC] * Canova [attrib.] Eve {1885} Loc? [SC] None of the works listed is extant; it seems most unlikely that any of them was original. The pre-Felton Melbourne collection also included plaster

Lewis, Charles George (1808-80; English)

Works included in this catalogue Lewis (C.G.) after Barker Allied Generals at Sebastopol 1859 {by 1865} Loc? [PR] Lewis (C.G.) after Rivière Daniel in the Lions’ Den {1876} NGV [PR] Lewis was well known as an engraver of paintings by Landseer and other major painters of his day. His father Frederick Christian Lewis was also an engraver: see Lewis (F.) after

Stacpoole, Frederick (1813-1907; English)

Works listed in this catalogue Stacpoole after Rivière All that was left of the ‘Homeward Bound’ {1876} NGV [PR] Stacpoole after Rivière Charity {1876} NGV [PR] Stacpoole after Rivière Circe and the Friends of Ulysses {1876} NGV [PR] These engravings were from a group of four prints after Briton Rivière donated together in 1876; the 4th was by C.G.Lewis; for further

Turner, J.M.W. (1775-1851; English)

Works included in this catalogue Turner (J.M.W.) Dunstanborough Castle {1888} NGV [PA] * Willmore (J.) after Turner (J.M.W.) Italian Landscape {1868} Loc? [PR] Dunstanborough Castle (c.1798), donated to the Melbourne collection by the Duke of Westminster in 1888, improved the quality of the gallery’s holdings of British and European landscape painting at a single blow, giving local

Landseer, Edwin (1802-73; English)

Pre-Felton works after Landseer Albert [Prince] after Landseer (?) Two Peasant Women 1842 {1893} NGV [ET] Ryall after Landseer Deer stalkers returning {1868} NGV [PR] Known later principally as an expert animal painter, Landseer was the young Queen Victoria’s favourite artist. He taught both Victoria and Albert etching, and portrayed the royal couple on several occasions. His Windsor

Franck, Joseph (1825-82; Belgian)

Works included in this catalogue * Franck after Devaux Princess Charlotte, impératrice de Mexique {by 1894} Loc? [PR] * Franck after De Winne Le Comte de Flandre 1860 {by 1894} Loc? [PR] He appears to have been known particularly for his engravings after various Old Masters and Gérome. Refs. For details, see AKL 43 (2004),

Velazquez, Diego (1599-1660; Spanish)

Pre-Felton works after Velazquez Longstaff after Velazquez Aesopus 1890 {1890} NGV [PA] Quinn after Velazquez Infanta Margarita Teresa {1895} NGV [PA]  The Spanish Baroque master appealed to Manet and many other 19th-century painters for his combination of brilliant brushwork and cool tonality, and several recipients of the NGV Travelling Scholarship copied his works (examples listed above).

Chuck, Thomas Foster (1826-98; English/Australian)

Work included in this catalogue Chuck Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria 1872 {1880} SLV [PH] Chuck, who was active as a professional photographer in Melbourne from the 1860s, supervised the production of the composite image of Victoria’s early colonists listed above, and was also a major contributor to the Public Library’s “Oval Portrait” series from 1866

Botterill, John (1817-81; English/Australian)

Work included in this catalogue Botterill Sir Redmond Barry {1892} SLV [PA] Botterill, documented as active in Melbourne from the 1850s, mainly as a professional photographer, was one of the principal contributors to the Melbourne Public Library’s  “Oval Portrait” series initiated in 1866. Refs. For Botterill, see Kerr Dictionary (1992), pp.82-83; (including a useful biography and further references); AKL