Item #4839 [Series of Twenty-Five Original, Promotional Photographs for Late 19th-Century Jamaica]. Jamaica Photographica.
[Series of Twenty-Five Original, Promotional Photographs for Late 19th-Century Jamaica]
[Series of Twenty-Five Original, Promotional Photographs for Late 19th-Century Jamaica]

[Series of Twenty-Five Original, Promotional Photographs for Late 19th-Century Jamaica]

[Various places in Jamaica: ca. 1891]. Twenty-five photographs, most approximately 9.25 x 7.25 inches, one slightly larger. Previously mounted, with later manuscript annotations on versos. Most prints with rounded or angled top corners. Occasional creases and light edge wear, scattered faint foxing. Good plus. Item #4839

An attractive, well-shot series of professional photographs that depict Jamaican landscapes, towns, and architecture in the late-19th century. The images date to the early 1890s, when a group of prominent citizens sought to promote and reinvigorate business and tourism on the island under the banner "Awakening Jamaica." Several local and international studios were employed to create images for this effort, some of which were used as material for the Jamaica exhibition at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The photographs here are quite similar in style and subject matter to those of the Scottish studio Valentine & Sons, one of the major firms hired in 1891 to carry out the work for the promotion, though they are not identified as such in the verso manuscript captions on each image. These captions do, however, identify location and/or subject matter, and are as follows:

1) Kingston, Jamaica
2) Harbour Street [Kingston]
3) The Asylum, Jamaica
4) Up Park Camp, Jamaica
5) Cacti, Jamaica
6) Half Way Tree, St Andrews, Jamaica
7) Newcastle, Jamaica
8) Judge Ker's House, Strawberry Hill, Panorama Left Side
9) Newcastle, Craigton Church from Near Ropley, Panorama Right Side
10) Fern Tree Walk, Clifton
11) Officers' Hill, Newcastle, Jamaica
12) Albergo's Knoll, Cantonment Newcastle, Jamaica
13) The Ferry, Jamaica
14) Bog Walk, Jamaica
15) Bog Walk, Jamaica
16) Village Bog Walk, Jamaica
17) Falmouth, Jamaica
18) Port Maria, Jamaica
19) St Lucia [?], Jamaica
20) Milk River, Jamaica
21) Major Locock Gardens, Craigton
22) Garden, Craigton, Jamaica
23) Newcastle, Jamaica
24) Craigton Stable
25) "Jamaica 1860s" [but later]

Substantial groups of 19th-century Jamaica images are scarce on the market, and the present series contains a diverse array of locations and settings.

Price: $6,250.00