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Sir Ronald Garvey

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,A61.97

  • Title (series)

    • Sir Ronald Garvey
  • Description

    Photograph (black and white) of a photograph; group of children crouching down on the ground, holding plant fibre fans, and wearing personal beaded ornaments; more children, a man, and a woman(?) carrying a baby in the background; the shadow of the photographer in the foreground; Taumako, Duff Islands.
    Gelatin silver print

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1927-1932
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.7 centimetres
    • Width: 12.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        GARVEY 97
        MM034270/29
        Taumako Picinins
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in black ink and pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Location: This image is believed to have been photographed in Taumako, Duff Islands.

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1993

  • Acquisition notes

    A collection of photographs by Sir Ronald Garvey. The images mostly depict the Solomon Islands where he served as a District Officer from 1926-1932. Lady Patricia Garvey (Sir Ronald Garvey's widow) enabled the British Museum to make photographic copy prints from original photographs and negatives. The collection was housed in albums and/or kept as loose prints or negatives. PicDoc 260 annotates whether the image was copied from an album, a lose print, or from a negative. It also annotates all the original inscriptions found accompanying with the photographic prints and/or the albums.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,A61.97

  • Additional IDs

    • GARVEY 97 (BM photographic series number)
    • MM034270/29 (Museum of Mankind photographic series number)

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