Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Albumen photograph.

1886. Large albumen photograph of Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The ‘ozone-laden’ air of the Blue Mountains was promoted as a health tonic since the early 1800s.

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.

Blind stamped "C. Bayliss Photo, Sydney" at the lower left. 7 1/2 x 6 1/8". Trove 41642861 lcoates a copy at the NLA>. Very good condition. Item #24769


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