Thursday, 31 December 2015

Rev. Joseph Copeland by David Scott [carte de visite]

Photo details:

TitleRev. Joseph Copeland by David Scott
Date1874-75
CollectionGeorgina Auld nee Muir photo album
Digital IDapc-000080

Photo TypeCarte de visite

Mount Size64 x 104 mm
Mount Thickness0.625 mm
Mount ColourWhite
Mount EdgesStraight
Mount CornersSquare
Mount BorderNone

Image Size60 x 95 mm
TechnologyAlbumen
Features

Front ImprintSmall lettering
Back ImprintLarge sized, text and script



Front face
Rear face

Front face:

Rev. Joseph Copeland by David Scott (front face) [Auld Photograph Collection apc-000080-s1]
Larger version on Flickr


Photographers imprint on the front face reads:
David Scott. Sydney.

Rear face:

Rev. Joseph Copeland by David Scott (rear face) [Auld Photograph Collection apc-000080-s2]


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

BY APPOINTMENT PHOTOGRAPHER TO H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G.
Artist Photographer
140, PITT STREET,
SYDNEY,
Opposite Mort's Passage.
David Scott,
SUCCESSOR TO WILLIAM BRADLEY.
[top medal] AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
[bottom left medal] VICTORIA ... ALBERTUS ... MDCCCLI
[bottom right medal] ...CIS CONCORDI PACE LIGAVIT
MEDALS AWARDED LONDON & SYDNEY
Exhibitions.
Portraits in Crayon from Life or copied from Photographs
CASH ON DELIVERY.

See David Scott, 140 Pitt Street, Sydney [Photographers] for more information on when David Scott operated his photographic studio from 140 Pitt Street Sydney, As discussed in that post, the documentary evidence based solely on the information provided on the back imprint dates the photo between the twelve year period 1869-80.

Card Stock and Image Size:

The square corners on this carte de visite indicate a pre-1870 date, but the full image size was not used until 1874 and onwards. Based on this information we can refine the date range down to a seven year period 1874-80.

Background research:

Additional background research undertaken by +Paul Cooper into the lives of the Goodlet and Copeland families has revealed that Rev. Joseph Copeland, his wife Elizabeth and their three children arrive in Sydney from the New Hebrides on 29 September 1873. In April the following year Rev. Copeland returned to the New Hebrides, but then returned again in December 1874. Accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and two of their children, the Copelands departed for the New Hebrides in April 1875. Based on the other Copeland family member portraits taken by photographer David Scott (in particular his wife Elizabeth Copeland), it is assumed that the photos were taken at the same time.

Taking into account all of the above information it is estimated that the photograph was taken in early 1874.