A carte-de-visite showing a hand of plantains hanging on the plant. An inked inscription recto in the lower margin reads: ‘The plantain fruit.’
Photographed by Woodbury and Page of Java, sometime in the early 1860s.
The photographers Walter Bentley Woodbury and James Page, both British, met in Australia in the mid-1850’s. They formed a partnership in 1857, establishing a studio in Batavia [modern-day Jakarta] in the same year. Some time around 1863 - sources differ as to the exact date - Woodbury returned to England. The firm he had founded in Java continued in business until 1908.
condition: The print is in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount is firm and
solid, with crisp edges and sharp corners, but in a raking light shows the thin residue of some
hardened glue on the reverse of the mount, the carte having once been mounted on a secondary support.
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