PhotographAbout this object
This sepia-toned photograph pictures a young girl wearing a white dress, holding a basket of flowers. The identity of this young girl is unknown, but it is likely that she had some connection to the Clendon family who lived at Clendon House.
During the Victorian era, photographs were incredibly popular due to their inexpensiveness and reproducibility, and were taken primarily for distribution to friends and family. This was especially important in colonial societies, such as New Zealand, because photographs enabled people to maintain an emotional connection with relatives and friends living overseas. (1) During the 19th century, travelling around New Zealand was a difficult endeavour due to the country’s rough and untamed environment. Therefore, families and friends who lived in different regions often did not see one another for long periods of time. Thus, photographs also helped to maintain connections between those who lived in different areas of New Zealand.
(1) Geoffrey Batchen, ‘Dream of Ordinary Life: Cartes de visite and the bourgeois imagination,’ in Photography: Theoretical snapshots, edited by J. J. Long, Andrea Novel and Edward Welch (London: Routledge, 2009).
For more information about the Clendon family and Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.
At Newton Art StudioMaker Role
PhotographerInscription and Marks
'J C Norton Newton Art Studio Auckland' is printed under the image.Measurements
14.3 x 9.8cmObject Type
Paper and cardboardCredit Line
Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere TaongaObject number
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