Item J-04835 - Studio portrait (mid-length) of an unidentified Indigenous individual seated taken at a photographic studio attributed to Frederick Dally.

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Studio portrait (mid-length) of an unidentified Indigenous individual seated taken at a photographic studio attributed to Frederick Dally.

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  • Attributions and conjectures: This photograph is attributed to Frederick Dally.

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  • [1866-1870] (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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Studio portrait (mid-length) of an unidentified Indigenous individual seated taken at a photographic studio attributed to Frederick Dally. It is a collodion glass plate negative. The sitter wears American/European clothes. The sitter's gaze is looking straight at the camera. The studio flooring is not visible. The studio backdrop is plain. This negative does not appear to have been manipulated.

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Restriction: The format of this photograph J-04835 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 Indigenous studio portraits created by early Anglo-European photographer Frederick Dally and associated photographic albums, see PR-1380 - Frederick Dally fonds. This studio portrait is cropped and featured in several albums containing Frederick Dally prints. The caption in album page album/volume 5 page 1 is handwritten as the following: "Clay'-sa-luke - Comiaken Chief" (see volume 5 page 01 in MS-3100.5, accession 198509-002). This portrait is featured on a page with the following handwritten title "Vancouver Island Indians. North Pacific Coast." This portrait is included on a page with 15 studio portraits of Indigenous individuals and groups (inclusive). Some of these portraits contain the same sitter in several views (frontal view, side view). Most sitters are seated and photographed mid-length. This portrait is placed beside a side view (mid-length) of the same person. In album/volume 4 on page 96, the caption is handwritten as the following: "Clay-sul-luke - Chemanus Chief" (see volume 4 page 96 in MS-3100.4, accession 198509-001). This portrait and sitter is featured on a untitled page with a 14 studio portraits and 1 field photograph (inclusive). This portrait is positioned in the middle row containing 5 (inclusive) frontal (head shot) portraits of Indigenous individuals, all with captions below.

For materials relating to alternative print versions of photographic works by Frederick Dally, see the BC Archives Photograph Collection. See #HP020351/G-03768 described as “A collection of portraits of native people from different tribes.” This studio portrait is cropped and featured in this presentation poster attributed to Dally.

For textual materials that relate to Frederick Dally's 1866 tour of inspection with the colonial administration, in which Indigenous communities around Vancouver Island were visited, see file MS-2443.9 described as "Memoranda of a trip round Vancouver Island and Nootka Sound on board H.M.S. Scout, Captain Price A.D. 1866..12 pp." In many instances, outdated and derogatory terms and attitudes are present in this account by F. Dally to describe Indigenous people and communities. Part of MS-2443 described as Frederick Dally papers in the Frederick Dally fonds (PR-1380).

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Accession number(s): 95-7328-3

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Archives code(s): HP083071

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This sitter appears to be featured other studio portraits within the Dally portfolio (see J-03648).

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In the summer of 1866, photographer Frederick Dally participated in a tour of inspection of Indigenous communities around Vancouver Island with the colonial administration on the H.M.S. Scout.

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This photograph was originally located in BC Archives and Records Service manuscript container identified as: "Maynard Coll. Box 7.15. Indians" and "#92"

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  • Box: 000343-1022