Fonds BC1495 - BUSHMAN PHOTOGRAPHS

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ZA UCT BC1495

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BUSHMAN PHOTOGRAPHS

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  • circa 1870 (Creation)

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6 items

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(1841-1916)

Biographical history

Samuel Baylis Barnard was born in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England, on 10 June 1841. He came from a family clothiers whose wealth was diminished by the industrial revolution. Barnard arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1864. He originally set up as an artist but turned to photography. He opened a studio at 37 Adderley Street in May 1865. He married Kate Stroughton Vardy in May 1873. He eventually had three daughters. His youngest daughter, Marion Amberley Barnard became a portrait photographer (de Kock 1972, p.21). Barnard's studio was destroyed by fire but re-opened in the 1870s (Bull and Denfield 1970, p.187). Through the 1870s his studio at Adderley Chambers was advertised in the 'Cape of Good Hope Almanacs'.

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A1 Samuel Baylis Barnard. Inscribed: "Korunna girl S. Africa". South Africa. 1870s

A2 Unidentified

A3 Samuel Baylis Barnard. Inscribed: "Bushwoman & children S. Africa" [Portrait of !Kweiten ta //ken]. South Africa, 1874-1875

A4 Samuel Baylis Barnard. Inscribed: "Bush boy S. Africa" ['Hendrik Booi']. South Africa, 1870s

A5 Samuel Baylis Barnard. Inscribed: "Kafir woman". South Africa, last third of the nineteenth century.

A6 Unidentified female subject

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These photographs were taken by studio photographer Samuel Baylis Barnard in the 1870's. He emigrated to Cape Town from Gloucestershire and open his photography studio in Cape Town (in Adderley Street) in 1865. The people photographed here are thought to have been staying at the Bleek and Lloyd residence in Mowbray when they were photographed. The descriptions were taken from Tamar Garb (ed.): African photography from the Walther Collection: distance and desire: encounters with the African archive.

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