Thursday, 5 September 2013

William Barclay by David Scott [Carte de visite]

Photo details:

TitleWilliam Barclay by David Scott
Date20 January 1876
CollectionGeorgina Auld nee Muir photo album
Digital IDapc-000114

Photo TypeCarte de visite

Mount Size68 x 107 mm
Mount Thickness0.600 mm
Mount ColourNatural
Mount EdgesStraight
Mount CornersSquare
Mount BorderSingle red line

Image Size60 x 87 mm
TechnologyAlbumen
FeaturesOval picture mask

Front ImprintSmall lettering and crest
Back ImprintMedium sized, text and artwork



Front face

Rear face

Front face:


William Barclay by David Scott (front face) [Auld Photograph Collection apc-000114-s1]


Photographers imprint on the front face reads:
DAVID SCOTT, Successor.
W. BRADLEY, 140, PITT STREET.

The name written in ballpoint pen on the front face is 'Alfred Collingbourne'. This name is fictional and does not correspond to the individual identified. As mentioned in a prior post, the history of the ballpoint pen also needs to be taken into account. With this additional information we can safely say that the name was written well after the date that this photo was taken.

Rear face:

William Barclay by David Scott (rear face) [Auld Photograph Collection apc-000114-s2]


Imprint on rear face is full sized and includes both text and artwork. Inscription of the text reads as:

BY APPOINTMENT
PHOTOGRAPHER
TO
H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G.
WILLIAM BRADLEY
Artist Photographer
140, PITT STREET,
SYDNEY,
Opposite Mort's Passage,
Next to Richardson & Wrench's.
CASH ON DELIVERY.

Hand written on the rear face is also an identification and date which reads:
Wm. Barclay
Ship Northampton
20th Jany
1876.

Destination Hong Kong

A search on Trove reveals a Captain William Barclay, commander of the ship Northampton, is set to sail on Saturday 22 January 1876 from Circular Quay.

Source: Advertising. (1876, January 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1.
Retrieved September 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13367837

It appears from both newspaper articles and information provided online via the Mariners and ships in Australian Waters website, William Barclay and the ship Northampton were also regularly travelling between London and Sydney.

What is the connection?

Additional research provided by +Paul Cooper has revealed a William Barclay (Shipmaster) in Saltcoates appeared in the same parish register as the Reverend John Auld's birth. So it is possible that the family know of each other from their time spent growing up in Ayrshire.

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