Item #68327 Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection. Charles P. MOUNTFORD.
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection
MOUNTFORD, Charles P.

Eight gelatin silver photographs, including seven of Indigenous Australians of the Musgrave and Mann Ranges, are offered as a collection

Four of the items are large exhibition-quality vintage prints (255 × 305 mm or the reverse) from 1940 negatives: the truly stunning 'Komita with a sand drawing'; 'Young woman taking water from Erliwunyawunya rockhole'; 'Kulpitjata the song leader'; and 'Katabulka in mourning'. We have located no reproduction in print of the latter.

Three others are mid-1960s prints (approximately 200 × 250 mm or the reverse) from 1940 negatives from the same region: 'Men cutting up a kangaroo'; 'Infant from the Mann Ranges'; and 'Man with his two children'. Again, we have located no reproduction in print of the last item. The eighth photograph, 'Cooking a kangaroo' (200 × 255 mm), is a mid-1960s print from a 1935 negative from Warburton Range, WA.

Mountford did not have selling exhibitions of his works, and his extensive archive is in the State Library of South Australia. The Mountford material that we have handled or know about in private collections was given by him to the original recipients, and is often still in private hands. Accordingly, original Mountford photographs, especially vintage prints of the calibre of the four in this collection, rarely appear on the open market. A separate fully-illustrated catalogue is available on request. [8 items].

Item #68327

Price (AUD): $17,500.00

Status: Reserved