'The Tug'. A vintage gelatin silver photograph (visible image size 335 × 297 mm) on the original mount [circa 1910s]
The photograph has recently been hinge-mounted and matted with archival material, ready for framing.
Signed and titled (twice) in pencil on the original mount (now concealed by the mat). The boat is SS 'Alacrity', operated at the time by Howard Smith in Port Phillip Bay. Provenance: from the family of John Kauffmann, by descent (sold by Sotheby's Australia, 24 July 1988); private collection, Sydney. Adelaide-born John Kauffmann (1864-1942), a pioneering photo-impressionist, spent a decade in Europe studying art and photography. On his return to Adelaide in 1897, he immediately interested himself in the South Australian Photographic Society. The Society held several important exhibitions in the early 1900s, and due partly to Kauffmann's influence, art photography came of age in Australia; the young Harold Cazneaux for instance was inspired by these exhibitions. A comprehensive collection of material from Kauffmann's estate is on our website.