Photograph - Forest Country

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Depicts a forest landscape with a single figure standing in a fern grove, looking towards the trees. According to a list of photographs shown at the Sydney International Exhibition this is a photograph of forest country that is characteristic of Coal Measures.
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H444 x W605 x D20 mm
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Albumen print, overpainted, mounted on board, on wooden stretcher, nails.
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This scene was photographed by geologist Richard Daintree and comprises part of a collection of over 200 photographic prints, many overpainted to provide colour, taken in Queensland during the mid to late 19th century.

Daintree was a partner in pastoral and prospecting ventures in the Burdekin region of north Queensland during the mid-1860s. He was responsible for opening up goldfields in north Queensland, while also leading the Queensland Geological Survey from 1868-1870. It was during his time in Queensland, that this photographic collection was developed. The collection includes a large number of natural scenes, which capture the landscape and geology of the state at that time. Some of these images were used in International Exhibitions from 1871 onwards, six of which Daintree oversaw himself. These overseas exhibitions were a form of “propaganda and education” to promote the state and its resources to an international market. Daintree’s work displays a high-level of skill, as the photographs were often taken in difficult conditions using the cumbersome wet-plate photography process. The vivid quality of the photographs in this collection document landscapes, geological formations, and early European settlement in Queensland.
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