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Robinson, Miss

Occupation
Professional photographer

Summary

Miss Robinson was the manager and proprietor of the Melbourne branch of an American photography firm which operated in the 1860s.

Details

Little is known of Miss Robinson prior to her work at the American photography firm Tuttle & Co's Melbourne branch, where she employed 25 staff.

The theatrical photograph Nellie Stewart, Ida Osborne and Little Forde in the First Australian Performance of 'The Mikado' is attributed to Tuttle & Co, 1886. The three actresses appear dressed in oriental dress, posing as Japanese women. The image has a strong Orientalist quality, drawing from the West's stereotypical depictions of Asian people that were prevalent during the time.


Collections

Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Events

1860s -
Active as professional photographer

Sources used to compile this entry: Kerr, Joan, 'Miss Robinson', in Kerr, Joan (ed.), Heritage: The National Women's Art Book, Craftsman House, Roseville East, NSW, 1995.

Digital resources

Title
Portrait of Alice and Maggie
Type
Image
Date
c. 1883 - c. 1891
Creator
Robinson, Miss
Control
H2005.34/2679 & H2005.34/2680.
Source
State Library of Victoria

Details

Anne Maxwell (with Morfia Grondas and Lucy Van)

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