Glass plate negative portrait of Edythe Ellison Harvie, probably between the ages of 15 and 17 years.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by her father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. There is a similar photograph of her sister, Jean Harvie, in the collection, see MM 043404. Harvie regularly used his daughters as subjects for his photographs, a large number of which are taken in gardens, presumably at the family's various residential addresses.

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

Teenage girl dressed in white, sitting profile on a chair in a garden, with one hand resting across her lap and one hand touching the seat of her chair. There is a tree leaning across the top of the image. A garden and backyard fence can be seen in the distant background.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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