Caxton Vol. Rifle Club [NSW], c1864. Albumen paper photograph, caption and photographer's line in image upper and lower centre, letterpress key to sitters on slip affixed to backing below image, annotated in an unknown hand in pencil on backing above image, 26.1 x 18.9cm. Stains, scratches and pinholes to image, laid down on original backing.
Photographer's line reads "Designed and photographed by Croft Bros, Sydney." A stage design diagram with detailed annotations appears on backing verso. Partially illegible key includes "Lieutenant Richards. Sergeant D' Arrietta. Corporal Lynch. Private Thrum. Gunner M'Cracken..." Annotation reads "From W.J. Wilson Collection."
The Croft Brothers were prolific photographers, selling the lease of their photographic gallery with 'over 5,000 negatives' in 1865 to Moore and Parkes, who continued to use the Crofts' name. The Crofts set up a studio in Auckland before returning to England. Ref: DAAO.
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