Glass plate negative formal, double exposure, portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie posed in a studio against a dark background. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably around 7 years old and Jean is probably around 5 years old.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. Harvie regularly used his daughters as subjects for his photographs. For a similar photograph see MM 043419.

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

Double exposure, formal portrait of two girls, dressed in white, embracing. Both girls have white bows in their hair and look at the camera. They are posed behind a black background.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format. There are 2 exposures on this negative. X scratched into emulsion above right image.

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