A Modern Vision: Charles Bayliss Photographer 1850–1897

11 July – 26 October 2008

Exhibition Gallery, National Library of Australia

The extraordinary work and career of Charles Bayliss, one of Australia’s greatest 19th century photographers, is examined in detail in this comprehensive National Library exhibition.

A Modern Vision, curated by Senior Lecturer at the ANU School of Art Helen Ennis, features the full range of Bayliss’s output – portraits, architectural photography, spectacular panoramas and landscapes – and places it in the context of late 19th century life and culture.

The exhibition is based on the National Library’s extensive collection, with selected loans from other institutions and a major private collection. Some works have not been seen for more than 130 years.

A Modern Vision is part of the inaugural Vivid: National Photography Festival, which is being held in the Canberra region from 11 July to 12 October 2008.

Clipper ship, Cape Clear, Dawes Point, Millers Point, c. 1874–1875
albumen print; 22.8 x 28.2 cm
Merlin and Bayliss Collection of Photographic Prints
National Library of Australia

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Slab hut on Village Point with Watsons Bay in the background, c. 1874–1875
albumen print; 22.4 x 28.4 cm
Merlin and Bayliss Collection of Photographic Prints
National Library of Australia

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St Paul’s College and dam, Sydney University, c. 1874–1875
albumen print; 22.4 x 29.4 cm
Merlin and Bayliss Collection of Photographic Prints
National Library of Australia

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Two ships seen from Darling Harbour with Balmain and Millers Point in the background, c. 1874–1875
albumen print; 22.8 x 28.8 cm
Merlin and Bayliss Collection of Photographic Prints
National Library of Australia

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Sydney Harbour with MacBeth boat builder in foreground and Fort Denison in the distance, 1880s
albumen print; 16.6 x 21.2 cm
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Public Works Contractors Picnic to Lord Brassey K.C.B., Hawkesbury River, Saturday 9th July 1887, the Party on Messrs Anderson & Barr’s Jetty, Dangar Island 1887
albumen print; 21.8 x 29.0 cm
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Looking South from Dunlop Range Overlooking Louth, Darling River 1886
albumen print; 21.2 x 28.9 cm
From the album ‘Views of Scenery on the Darling & Lower Murray During the Flood of 1886’
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From Kangaroo Point, Hawkesbury 1880s
albumen print; 15.2 x 20.0 cm
From the album ‘New South Wales Photographs, 1880–1897’
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Lawrence Hargrave and unidentified man with four box kites at Stanwell Park, New South Wales, 1894
albumen print; 24.2 x 29.3 cm
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Interior of Garden Palace, Sydney International Exhibition Building, looking up towards the dome, 1879
albumen print; 21.0 x 27.0 cm
In an album of photographs of the Sydney Exhibition Building and other Sydney buildings
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Wharf—Peats Ferry 1880s
albumen print; 15.0 x 19.7 cm
In the album ‘Charles Bayliss Collection of Photographs of New South Wales, c. 1876–1897’
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