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Daniel Marquis in Scotland

Tuesday 11 May 2010

Four more cartes-de-visite have joined my little collection of the work of the photographer Daniel Marquis (1829-1879). These give us a glimpse of the work he did in Scotland, before he emigrated to Australia.

These portrait photographs, with their well-dressed subjects, painted back­drops, studio props, (and even a not-quite-hidden head clamp), are typical cartes of the 1860s.

All four are conventional portraits, mounted on cards with a lithographic backmark of D Marquis: photographer: Barnton Place: Stirling. I surmise from these examples that Daniel was already a competent photographer operating from a properly equipped studio.

The back of the vignetted portrait of the young man (leftmost carte in the set above). The pencil note reads A Bennie: 24 July: 1863. Daniel Marquis arrived in Brisbane in September 1865.

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