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A modern viewer would assume that these portraits all have their provenance in a family album, and that a small childish hand had been at work with a paintbox. And perhaps that was the case, but there may yet be another explanation for why the portraits below, all bearing Thomas Nevin’s studio stamp, should exhibit such crude hand colouring when the hand-tinting of his other portraits – of family members, of himself, and even of a few convict cartes – is remarkably fine and delicate. The four examples here were all sold commercially, and were painted over after their purchase by their owners who had enough knowledge of stereoscopy to experiment, and may have possessed a stereo viewer. Single cartes were also viewed using a stereoscope, and the addition of colour and lines enhanced the depth of field. They were not painted by Nevin during printing, and they are not stereographs. None of Nevin’s stereographs were coloured in this manner. Continue reading
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NEVIN’s FERN STEREOGRAPHS Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Collections TMAG Ref: Q1994.56.13 T. Nevin impress At least five stereographs of ferns by Thomas Nevin are held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, dated to ca. 1870. Their catalogue entries … Continue reading
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From glass negative to printed carte: Thomas Nevin’s capture of convict Tuck, but was it BEWLEY TUCK or JOHN TUCK? One man, two names, one image. Click on images In addition to the photograph of Bewley Tuck, the Archives Office … Continue reading
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Thomas Nevin set up the firm Nevin & Smith ca. 1865 at the City Photographic Establishment, 140 Elizabeth Street, Hobart Town, in partnership with Robert Smith. However, by February 1868, the partnership was dissolved. Continue reading
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Jack Nevin looks very relaxed and very savvy about the process of being photographed. His gaze is direct and very keen, his clothes suitable for everyday work in a foul place such as a prison. His salaried positions were primarily in administration, with a career path and ranking similar to the Keeper’s. Older brother Thomas Nevin had been a Keeper too of a public institution, at the Hobart Town Hall between 1876-1880, a special constable during the Chiniquy Riots of 1879, and assistant bailiff in the courts during the 1880s. Jack Nevin’s presence at the Gaol points to a close family involvement by both Nevin brothers with prisoner documentation – visual and written. Continue reading
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Mary Anne Nevin was the 5 year-old member of the Nevin family placed on the Fairlie sick list on the voyage out to Hobart, arriving July 1852.On board was the entire family of young Thomas Nevin, then aged 10 yrs. His father, John Nevin, pensioner guard (b. Ireland 1808) worked the family’s passage. He was accompanied by Mary Nevin, his wife (b.England 1810) and four children:
Thomas James Nevin: (1842-1923) died at age 80
Mary Ann Nevin: (1844-1878) died at age 34
Rebecca Jane Nevin (1847-1865) died at age 18
William John Nevin (1852-1891) died at age 39 Continue reading
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Albert Edward Nevin (1888-1955) was the seventh child, fifth son and last born child to photographer Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923) and his wife Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day (1847-1914). Youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin, Albert Nevin, 1914 From … Continue reading
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Despite the depositions of good character from photographer Samuel Clifford, Charles Walch the stationer, and W.R. Giblin, lawyer and Attorney-General, Joshua Anson (b. 1854, Hobart), was found guilty of stealing goods valued at 88 pounds, and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, with parole. This was no small misdemeanour. Joshua Anson had also racked up a large bill at Walch’s Stationers with promissaries for goods which included expensive imported equipment. Continue reading
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This carte-de-visite is a jewel in the crown of early stereography in Australia. It is the only surviving image of an 1860s photographer at work with a stereoscopic viewer. Thomas J. Nevin, late 1860s, pictured seated here holding a stereoscopic … Continue reading