Ca. 1865. An unmounted albumen photograph of a group of Malay women and children, with number and title at the lower left "158 Malay ladies". With the blind stamp for G. R. Lambert & Co., Singapore at the lower right. The entire group is seated, with most of the women weaving and working with cloth, with large panels of cloth erected as a backdrop.
Lambert & Co. were commercial photographers in Singapore, 1867 - c. 1914. Founded by the German-born Gustave Richard Lambert (b.1846), the firm was by the end of the 19th century the largest and most successful studio in South-East Asia, maintaining branches at various times in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Sumatra. It was appointed photographer to the king of Siam in 1880 and was also extensively patronized by the British colonial authorities to record political occasions and official visits. Although Lambert's personal presence in Singapore was sporadic, under the management of Alexander Koch the studio assembled the most extensive photographic documentation of the area, with a catalogue of views covering almost the entire Malay archipelago. - The Oxford Companion to the Photograph. 7 1/2 x 10" Fine. Item #18203