Ca. 1870. An unmounted albumen photograph with number and title at the lower left "Kling poeple (sic) 171". With the blind stamp for G. R. Lambert & Co., Singapore at the lower right. This is a family group with 7 people, with some of the same individuals as those portrayed in a print at the National Gallery of Australia (Accession No: NGA 2007.2025) which is titled "92 Kling family" and which shows the same mother and father in the same setting (with striped backdrop) but with only the mother and father and two children.
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 #18204