Glass plate negative of a young girl leaning against a chair with a book, possibly taken by Melbourne photographer, Mr. Robert Harvie.

Robert William Harvie was a professional photographer who, with his business partner Albert Sutcliffe, owned a photography studio named Harvie & Sutcliffe between 1898 and 1908, located in the Cromwell Buildings, 366a Bourke Street, corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.

The Harvie Collection includes examples of Robert Harvie's private and professional photographic practice. A number of the photographs depict the family life of four generations of the Harvie family, including the Lang family.

The Harvie and Lang families had social significance in Melbourne through their active involvement in early Australian vegetarian movements, early moving film, photography and architecture, as well as various other cultural societies and clubs in Melbourne.

Description of Content

A young girl leaning against a chair with an open book resting on the seat of the chair. The girl is looking directly at the camera and smiling. She is wearing a white dress, white knee high socks and black shoes. There are windows or the illusion of windows behind her.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format. The glass negative is more matt and has a slightly different grain to Mr Harvie's other images. The left hand corners of the image have been blocked off from exposure. See glass negative MM 043408

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