1880s. Four albumen photographs of Sydney, all with the Charles Bayliss blind stamp.
Charles Bayliss (1850 - 1897), one of Australia's preeminent landscape photographers, who worked for years with Merlin and Holtermann before setting up his own shop in Sydney in 1879. He established his studio at 348 George Street; then moved to 335a George Street, advertising himself as a photographer of city and country views, often with people, and making views to be sold individually while also contributing images for albums. He also made remarkable 360 degree panoramas of the city of Sydney around this time.
These four images are mounted on a page from an album, with handwritten captions in black ink. The first photograph, "Sydney Harbor, NSW" is a view looking over rooftops toward the harbor and tall masted ships moored and docked; and "Sydney Observatory", looking up toward the building from a lower vantage point; both with handwritten labels laid down and with the C. Bayliss stamp at the lower left. On the verso are "Botanical Gardens, Sydney" which shows an entrance gate with an open doorway and view into the garden at the right, and "Nepean River, NSW", with a view across the river to cliffs on the far side, are blind stamped at the lower right "C. Bayliss, Photo, Copyright". Album page 9 x 11 1/2"; each photograph 7 x 4 1/2". Album page chipped at corners; photographs very good condition. Item #16676