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Charles Spencer (1854 - 1933)

Lot 45: 2pcs: Handtint photographs, Pink Terrace and Cold Water Basins White Terrace, New Zealand, Charles Spencer

4th Meridian Fine Art

October 17, 2021
Penticton, BC, CA

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Charles Spencer New Zealand, 1854-1933. Two hand tint framed photographs: "Pink Terrace 48 C. Spencer Photo" and "Cold Water Basin White Terrace 29 C. Spencer Photo". Charles Spencer operated a small photographic studio from a light wooden building behind his chemist’s shop on the Strand from November 1880. Over the preceding year he had found it necessary to offer his services widely throughout the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. This included photographic excursions to the Rotorua and the thermal attractions of the Pink and White Terraces at Rotomahana, which he had first visited in the summer of 1873-1874, when still in his teens. A very successful trip in March-April 1881 met with cooperative weather and resulted in several dozen “remarkably clear and well-defined plates.” Prints soon appeared for sale in his chemist’s shop, in C.G. Carter’s stationer’s on Wharf Street, and further afield. In the nineteenth century the Pink and White Terraces were considered the eighth wonder of the natural world, attracting well-heeled tourists from afar. New Zealand painters and photographers produced myriad views that were widely exhibited both locally and internationally and served as advertisements and souvenirs. Among them was the photographer Charles Spencer, who was an active promoter of the Rotorua region. In 1885 he published Spencer’s illustrated guide to the hot springs of Rotorua and Taupo. This advertised his photography and included, for the benefit of tourists and invalids, a report on the medicinal properties of the hot springs by James Hector, government geologist and director of the Colonial Museum. Some of Spencer’s photographic views were on display at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London when, on 10 June 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted, destroying the natural ‘wonderland’ and killing a hundred and five people. While the eruption may have had negative implications for New Zealand’s international image as a tourist destination, it provided immediate benefits to those exhibiting in London. Visitors were urged to rush to the exhibition to see those ‘pictures of famous scenes that will never again be beheld in reality’ and that were available for ‘modest’ prices.

Dimensions

10" x 13"; photo size: 6.5" x 8.5"

Artist or Maker

Charles Spencer New Zealand, 1854-1933

Condition Report

good, some bumps. Pink Terraces has writing on the reverse that is slightly visible through

Provenance

Private Okanagan Collection

Notes

Reverse of Pink Terraces inscribed: To Sylvia WIth Love & Xmas Greetings from Uncle Jack. Photos taken prior to the Larawkera eruption in Rotarua in 1887. Photo has a copyright stamp. Reverse of Cold Water Basins inscribed: To Sylvia With love & Xmas greetings from Uncle Jack. Photo has a copyright stamp.

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