Series MS-3132 - Colonel Richard Clement and Mary Moody scrap album

Portrait of Royal Engineers Col. Moody and Unidentified Man Unidentified Indigenous Man Portrait of Colonel Moody and Lieutenant Anderson (?) Pencil sketch of Moody home
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Colonel Richard Clement and Mary Moody scrap album

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  • 1858-1878 (Creation)

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1 volume : 102 photographs and 1 pencil sketch

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The album was purchased on December 14, 2013 through the "Travel and Exploration" auction regularly facilitated by Bonhams Knightsbridge auction house, London, England. A private British citizen, a professional photographer and collector, had discovered the album at a flea market in Dorchester, Dorsett, England in 1973. The album remained in his possession until he decided to sell it through Bonham's Knightsbridge auction house. Alban Shipping delivered the album to the RBCM on January 27, 2014.

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The series is a photograph album of 130 pages containing 100 images, two loose prints, and one small painting. The photographs are predominantly albumen, with two salted paper prints. Many images have pencil annotations, some photographs have been cut into geometric shapes for presentation. The photographs are pasted onto scrap album paper, the album is sewn cardboard covered in faux leather.

The one hundred images contained in this scrap album are a disparate collection documenting Col. Moody's professional travels as an officer of the British colonial empire, and his personal travels and family life as a 19th century British patrician. Many photos have penciled captions in Mary Moody's handwriting. The album begins with a series of purchased images documenting the Moody family's European grand tour. Common for the era, images depict the Loire Valley and Brittany; Belgium and Northern Italy. Four images depict scenes from mid-century, colonial British Columbia reflecting his private life and professional duties as Commander of the Columbia Department of the Royal Engineers for the Crown colony of British Columbia. Of note are two photographs depicting unidentified First Nations' men thought to be photographed near New Westminster; among the earliest photographs of indigenous peoples in the colonial northwest of North America. The album also contains purchased images of Japan; photos taken across mid-19th century England and Scotland; and portraits of friends and associates. The album also contains a pencil sketch by Sarah Crease of the Moody home in New Westminster dated 1863 and a cutting from the London Illustrated News.

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The album is in fair condition, no informational content is lost.

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The entire album is digitized and available on request.

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Accession number(s): 2014.56

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