An albumen paper photograph (158 × 208 mm) mounted on card (a little tanned); in excellent condition.
The photographer's credit and reference number ('Sweet | Adelaide | 526') is scratched in the negative. The photograph was taken from on top of the Kent Town Brewery, looking west along Rundle Street across the parklands, taking in all to the right (north) as far as the old Royal Adelaide Hospital and the dome of the Palm House in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Captain Samuel White Sweet (1825-1886), was a sea captain, surveyor and photographer: after he was censured when his ship ran aground in 1875, he 'retired from the sea, opened a photographic studio in Adelaide and concentrated on landscapes. With his horse-drawn dark room he travelled through South Australia taking hundreds of skilful pictures of the outback, stations and homesteads. The colony's foremost documentary photographer of the 1870s, in the early 1880s he was one of the first to use the new dry-plate process' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography').