Learn about Albumen Prints

Albumen is the material found in egg whites, and used to make meringues. However in 1850 the Frenchman Louis Desire Blanquart-Evrard invented a method creating a photographic image using egg whites as a binder, together with silver nitrate and other chemicals, and the albumen print was born. The albumen print became the dominant photographic printing process for the next fifty years, until the technique was superceded by the introduction of Kodak's Brownie camera. Characteristics of albumen prints are the surface gloss, a reddish brown or purple image tonings and sometimes a cracking of the albumen binder.

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Prince's Wharf, Hobart Tasmania, silver gelatin albumen print in carved timber frame, 19th century, 46 x 35 cm

Colonial photograph of Bernard Otto Holterman. C.1872. Gold miner, businessman, photographer and politician. In 1872 he found the largest gold speciman at Hill End 'The Holtermann Nugget'. Photograph signed in sepia ink, with studio stamp verso. 'American

Tasmania: A group of 1880s-90s albumen prints, all attractively mounted. Scenes comprise 'Hop Picking, Derwent Valley', 'The Road to Dundas, West Coast', 'Road to Port Arthur' (2 diff.), 'Tramway at Geeveston'. (5 items).

Albumen paper prints of Hobarttown 1862 (3) plus one of Sydney 1862 (A garden party at the family mansion, Woollahra House, built by Sir Daniel Cooper. Aboriginal servants in the background.)., 15.5 x 20cm average

Spencer Street - Richmond tramway - Opened 1885: Cable Tram Car & Dummy ("Spencer St, Victoria St East & Bridge") albumen paper print numbered "264" in the image., 11.5 x 16cm

Henry King (1855-1923), Sydney St. Tram Car "Woollahra" [186] albumen paper print., Steam Motor No. 34, built by Baldwin's of Philadelphia in 1882, with its double decker trailer on the Woollahra line, Sydney, ca. 1890, 15 x 20cm

Joseph Rowe, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains near Sydney, 7 loose albumen paper prints, each 15 x 19.5cm average

Charles Rudd (1849-1901) photographer: concertina album with tipped-in albumen prints of Melbourne railway scenes including the Flinders Street Vaults, the Flinders Street Viaduct, the New Bridge over Balaclava Road, Platforms and Bridges at Hawthorn, etc.

G P Wright - ";Brisbane Illustrated" Brisbane Principal Buildings and Country Homestead, also Northern Territory. Albumen paper prints laid down on boards., 15 loose photos, each 20.5 x 26.5cm average, The photographer George Parkinson Wright was ac

Northern Territory: An album of 48 albumen photographs, circa 1880s, titled in pencil below the image, subjects include Abraham's Billabong, Ironstone Camp Birdum Creek, Daly Waters Telegraph Station, Typical Chinese Hut, N. T., Daly Waters Telegraph S

Edmund Wheeler & Son, New Zealand photographers, Circa 1880's, Album titled "New Zealand Scenery" with 10 albumen prints comprising images of Lyttelton, Sumner and Christchurch. 18 x 23 cm.

New Zealand: Leather-bound album containing a collection of albumen prints by Frank A. Coxhead, Burton Brothers, Wheeler & Son, James Valentine and others. Includes Dunedin scenes, Christchurch, Invercargill, Queenstown,Milford Sound, Auckland, Momona

Scrapbook: containing a collection of albumen prints of Sydney, Tasmania && New Zealand, 60 imagess including 4 Maori subjects, photographers include Paine, Bayliss and Josiah Martin. Mainly 20 x15 cm some larger, largest being 28.5 x 24cm.

Charles Bayliss (1850-1897) photographer: Albumen prints of Melbourne (with several of maritime and shipping interest), Sydney, Geelong and a few foreign. 85 photographs, various sizes, smallest 11 x 16 cm to largest 22 x 27 cm.

Charles Henry Kerry (1857-1928), Charles Kerry Photographs of Samoa, Tonga, 52 albumen prints circa 1900 affixed in later album, subjects include Working a 4 in. Naval Gun, Malietoe Natives Drilling, Making Tappa Cloth, Lieutenant Gaunt's Squad, Street

Charles Henry Kerry (1857-1928), Charles Kerry Photographs of Tonga, Treasury Island, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia & Tokelau, 40 albumen prints circa 1890 affixed in later album, subjects include Nukulofa Tonga, Girl's School, Mua, Tonga, Mafinga, To

Fred Kruger (1831-1888), Victoria, An album containing 60 albumen photographs with subjects including: Yarra Street Wharf Corio Bay, Geelong, Victorian Aboriginals and War Implements, Victorian Aboriginals and Canoe, New Lighthouse and Quarters, Dromana, W

J. W. Lindt (1845-1926) & H.King (1855-1923) - An album of albumen photographs, An album containing 49 Lindt albumen photographs of Melbourne street scenes and buildings including several infrequently seen images (Little Collins St, William St, The Jun

John Noone (working 1858-1888), A folio of 15 albumen prints including views of Melbourne from the tower of ?Rostella?, Fitzroy Gardens, the Government Printing Works, Williams Street and Little Lonsdale Street, The Observatory, The Post Office, Treasury B

Group of 9 albumen photographs of an Australian dam construction, each mounted on brown card, early 20th century. Photo size 15.5 x 20.5 cm

Photographs. New South Wales' leather bound collection of sepia albumen images tipped into the album. (Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer), 1889. Album of mounted (100) albumen silver print photographs. Oblong quarto, full blue morocco blind stampe

Group of 14 albumen photographs of Australian scenes mounted on card including examples by Kerry, 19th century. 25 x 29.5 cm each

The Far East, Black, John Reddie, a monthly Journal, R. Black (editor), Shanghai, August 1876- July 1877 illustrated with 79 original silver albumen photographs mounted on card with printed borders and captions, half leather binding, faults to spine, front

19th century European tourist photo album. 34 leaves pasted both sides with published albumen photo prints. Mostly Florence with architectural views & Art works. All photos are titled. Albumen photographs. 19 x 25 cm (each)

Portrait of Guide Susan wearing a hei-tiki, circa 1900 albumen print signed with initials JM, imprinted title and number 175 20 cm x 14 cm

Kerry & Jones 5 various early photographs. 'Cedar Team on the Richmond' & Delivering safe door to Commonwealth Bank 1924, hall & Co. Contemporary print, very stained; Metropole Hotel 1901, possibly Goverment Printer, later print; George St. Looking south.

Photograph album. 'Photographs Illustrating the Earliest Times New South Wales,' by Charles Potter. Government Printer. C.1893. Containing 59 original albumen print photographs of early watercolours & engravings, commencing in 1770.

Photograph album, by John Paine (et al.) full leather, containing 30 large format albumen print photographs. Images include Government house, Sydney; Public works office, Sydney; four views of the sham naval fight on Sydney harbour, staged by the detached

Holtermann, Bernard (German/Australian1838-1885) La Perouse Monument, c.1870s. Albumen photograph 21 x 26 cm

Early photograph 'Steamboat Jetty and Bathing Houses, From Esplanade, Queenscliff [Victoria]' albumen photograph 25 x 38 cm

A good historical New Zealand and Pacific 19th century photograph album, includes: Fiji Islands, 26 albumen prints, 'Fijian Cannibal Feast', signed and other portraits, 'Making Kava', 'Fijians selling produceĀ» etc., mostly 13.9 cm x 20.2 cm; 11 albumen and

Native odalisque. An original albumen photograph showing a Western pose, 1890s. Albumen photograph. 15 x 25 cm

Henry King (1855-1923) Albumen photo, sydney Harbour circa 1890. 13 x 19 cm. Lebovic Gallery label verso

Group 19th century Eastern photographs. Tin paper albumen photographs, mostly published, some by Bonfils, 9 Sebah & Joaillier. Views & persons from Oman, Afghanistan, India & Ceylon. Some small candid photos on two pages. 20 x 27 cm. (average)

19th century photo album. Mixture of Grand Tour Italian images, Indian portraits, & English family life (carriages & posed family groups.) thin paper albumen corner pasted to both sides of a leaf. Some water damage to initial pages. Albumen photographs 16

Group 19th century photographs. 25 thin paper albumen photos of middle Eastern & European scenes, including Studies of Arabic women & camps. Some titled in the negative. Albumen photographs 26 x 20 cm. (average)

19th century photo album. 44 Pages with thin paper albumen photo pasted to one side. Mostly 20 x 27 cm. Views of the Mediterranean cities & landscapes, with some artefacts. C.1880.

The Glew collection of rare carte de visite/ albumen prints by Elizabeth Pulmen, Auckland, c1870's. Print sizes generally: 90 x 5.5 cm. Three images have been cropped to an oval by the photographer. Mild fading and wear to prints. This exceptional collecti

Colonial Australian photograph. Hunting party including children. Thin paper albumen print. 13 x 19 cm

Colonial photograph 'Darlinghurst.' showing new Catholic Chapel and Sydney College as completed. Albumen photograph. 8 x 36 cm

Tooheys 1894 Christmas presentation photograph. Elizabeth St. Brewery Site in 1870. Impressed Pickering photo. Albumen photo. 24 x 30 cm

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