Ca. 1880. A striking studio portrait of two Aboriginal trackers captioned in ink below the print in a period hand, by an unidentified photographer, accompanied by 3 photographs by Caney & Co., laid down on thick album stock.
The trackers are viewed about three quarter length, in Western attire, seen against a landscape backdrop, one at the left seen in profile and gesturing with the index finger of his right hand, the second tracker facing the camera and also gesturing with his index finger, his hat held in the other hand.
The three landscape views of noted rock formations are captioned in white inside the print, and signed "Caney Photo". The company was founded in 1883 by Ebenezer Caney and his wife Kate Agnes Caney (nee Barrett). Caney was born in England and emigrated to New Zealand, where he and his wife established the photography firm in Palmerston. Mrs. Caney is credited with numerous impressive New Zealand images (Manawatu Gorge, Hawke's Bay, town of Palmerston). Caney & Co moved to Australia circa 1883, and are noted for their early images of Australia.
The image titled "Black Trackers" not found in Trove. Trove 10715174 records a Caney & Co. album of photographs of landscape views of the Blue Mts and scenes around Sydney which includes Katoomba. Very good overall. Item #25073