photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This half plate negative was taken by Kerry and co sometime between 1884-1917 and features two rather differently sized dogs along with the caption ‘Dignity and Impudence’. This is the only bit of information that we have about this particular glass plate negative form the Tyrrell collection which contains over 2,900 glass plate negatives by Kerry & Co. Some of the more significant themes covered by the collection include; views of New South Wales, Queensland, country towns, Sydney, Indigenous Australians, the South Pacific, rural life, native flora and fauna, and sentimental views. In addition a number of significant events from the 1900s are covered by the collection including; embarkation of troops for the Boer War, Hordens fire, the Inauguration of the Commonwealth in 1901, the arrival of the Great White Fleet and the Burns verses Johnson boxing match at Rushcutters Bay in 1908.
So of these two dogs which one is dignified and which one impudent?
Photography by Kerry and co
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