Item J-03635 - Studio portrait (full-length) of an Indigenous sitter taken at a photographic studio attributed to Charles Gentile studio.

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Studio portrait (full-length) of an Indigenous sitter taken at a photographic studio attributed to Charles Gentile studio.

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

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  • [1863-1866] (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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Studio portrait (full-length) of an Indigenous sitter taken at a photographic studio attributed to Charles Gentile studio. The studio flooring, furniture and studio props are visible. The sitter is dressed in American/European clothes. There is a shawl around their shoulders; one hand is visible on their lap. They wear earrings with their hair in braids. The sitter's gaze is looking at the camera. There is a naval officer's coat and presentation staff situated next to the sitter. It is a collodion glass plate negative. This negative does not appear to have been manipulated.

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The negative is broken into two parts at the corner of the portrait.

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Restriction: The format of this photograph J-03635 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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The Royal British Columbia Museum’s Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department holds photographic prints and research documentation regarding studio portraits attributed to Carlo Gentile and Mrs. R. Maynard. These are housed in the Indigenous audio-visual photographic collections. For examples relating to sitters either wearing or photographed with naval uniforms and/or presentation staffs, see PN8736 and PN6140 (both related to the studio portrait described in BC Archives as J-04854 in this series MS-3374), PN6163 (re: presentation staff) or photographs identified as "King Freezy" and " Queen Freezy." Please contact the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department to determine the access status of these records.

The Royal BC Museum’s Human History collection holds several examples of presentation staffs (“staff of authority”) in their collections. One item (2009.26.1) includes the following engraving: “Chief of the [Nacaontloon] Indians" or “Chief of the [Macaontloon] Indians.” Please contact the Human History department to determine the access status of these items. See collection items 972.214.1 and 2009.26.1.

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The BC Archives Photograph Collection contains other studio portraits described as being attributed to other photographers including Carlo Gentile that feature the use of the same studio flooring as the one featured in this image. For examples, see HP049812/F05022, HP024329/ A-08968 and HP005315/G-00601.

In this series (MS-3374), there are other studio portraits featuring the studio flooring depicted in this image (see J-04844 and J-03640). Described as PR-1259 - Maynard family collection.

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Accession number(s): 95-7328-3

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Archives Code(s): J-03635

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The British Colombian on May 26th and June 1, 1865 described the use of staffs as gifts given to Indigenous leaders who rendered good service in the eyes of the colonial government. The staffs were considered "an emblem of authority."

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This photograph was originally located in BC Archives and Records Service manuscript container identified as: "Maynard Coll. Misc. Glass Negs. Found scattered through the collection no provenance" and "#39"

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  • Box: 000343-1018