Item J-04841 - Portrait (full-length) of an unidentified Indigenous individual, likely Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah, standing taken at a photographic studio attributed to Mrs. R. Maynards Photographic Gallery.

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Portrait (full-length) of an unidentified Indigenous individual, likely Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah, standing taken at a photographic studio attributed to Mrs. R. Maynards Photographic Gallery.

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the subject of the photograph.
  • Attributions and conjectures: This photograph is attributed to Hannah Maynard.

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  • [1874-1890] (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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Studio portrait taken at a photographic studio attributed to Mrs. R. Maynards Photographic Gallery, part of a number of portraits taken of members of Indigenous governments from Indigenous territories in British Columbia and Vancouver Island. The portrait (full-length) consists of an unidentified Indigenous individual standing holding a hat and [staff]. The sitter is likely Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah. It is a gelatin dry glass plate negative (5x7 inches). The studio flooring (patterned carpet, temporary flooring), photographic devices (such as lighting equipment - tent), other photographic apparatus (a standing head rest) and scenic studio backdrop (banister with long grasses surrounding) are visible. This image depicts a wider view of the portrait studio. The top and side edges of the tent are visible revealing a view to the back of the room. The stencil pattern on the back and side walls of the room, an alternative backdrop (plain) and furniture (chair, table and screen) are revealed. This negative does not appear to have been manipulated.

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There is paper on the surface of the negative, resulting in a loss of the visual information on the plate in that region. This negative also has [pencil] handwritten on the surface.

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The format of this photograph J-04841 is a glass plate negative. Researchers should consult the online reference image or reference room copy prior to consulting the original. Please contact the BC Archives for details.

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This item is in the public domain.

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For personal accounts from Indigenous clients of the Maynard Studio, such as textual records in the form of handwritten diaries of Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah, access is available through the Wellcome Institute in London, England (see, WMS Amer. 140 (1-72). Microfilm copies are available at Library and Archives Canada (see MG 40/F 11 and reels: A-1706 to A-1709 and A-1711 to A-1714). For an entry describing a visit to a photography studio visited by Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah, see Clah diaries, microfilm reel A-1706 (vol 41) Nov.19, 1889 - Apr. 21, 1890 at Library and Archives Canada.

Photographic prints and research documentation regarding studio portraits of Chief Arthur Wellington Clah, are available at the Royal British Columbia Museum’s Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department. These are housed in the Indigenous audio-visual photographic collections. For examples of original photographic prints relating to this sitter, see PN17464 (card mounted print, different portraits of sitter close-up and seated) and PN4325 (stereograph of a cropped version of this image). Research documentation in the Royal British Columbia Museum Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department includes illustrated photographic reference cards containing copies of photographs found in Indigenous audio-visual photographic collections at the Royal BC Museum, and BC Archives. For examples relating to this sitter, see PN4325. There are also ethno historic photo catalogues that provide item level information relating to photographic items in Indigenous audio-visual photographic collections. For examples relating to this sitter, see PN4325. Please contact the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department to determine the access status of these records. Reference cards include field photographs and studio portraits to a lesser extent. They do not contain the verso of card mounted photographs found in the Indigenous audio-visual photographic collections.

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The BC Archives Photograph Collection also holds related photographs including HP005706/A-02176 -described as "The Reverend A. E. Green, Methodist Missionary on the Nass; and Clah, a Tsimshian interpreter." For related works (including glass plate negatives) of studio portraits using the same studio setting, see MS-3384 in PR-1259. This includes a group studio portrait using the same studio backdrop (see J-04743).

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Accession number(s): 95-7328-3

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Archives code(s): HP094549

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Location: 000343-1019

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This photograph was originally located in BC Archives and Records Service manuscript container identified as: "Maynard Coll. Box 7.7.Indians" and "#86"

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This photograph was originally located in a photograph negative box container with the following [Provincial Library] identification information: "Box 7.7 Indians. Alert Bay. Bella Coola. Smith's Inlet. Haida." (label) and "Box 7 Indians" (sticker). The container also features the following information handwritten on the side of the photograph negative box: "Alert Bay etc Indian."

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The following handwritten caption is written on the surface of this glass plate negative: "Old Clah."

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The following handwritten information is written on a [Provincial Library] sticker attached to the surface of this glass plate negative: "Haida Chief."

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