Barnett, H. Walter (1862-1934)

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Artist; Photographer; Professional photographer
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1484354

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A professional photographer working in Australia and Europe in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century, Barnett was arguably Australia's first world-class portrait photographer. His sitters included Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt and many artistic Australians - Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Phil May among them.

professional photographer, was born in St Kilda, Melbourne on 25 January 1862, one of the six children of English Jews Lewis Barnett (Eliezer ben Baruch) and Alice Jacobs. In 1875, aged 13, he left school and joined Melbourne’s leading photographic studio Stewart & Co, where he met Tom Roberts when he joined the firm in 1877. Barnett claimed to have enabled Roberts to made his first ever sale of a painting (in 1881) and he himself purchased Holiday Sketch at Coogee (1888, Art Gallery of New South Wales) as soon as Roberts had painted it. He also bought Arthur Streeton 's The Three Liners, Circular Quay in 1893 (now National Gallery of Australia). In 1880 Barnett moved to Hobart and set up his first commercial studio, jointly owned with Harold (Herbert?) Riise. After two years he sold out to Riise and travelled the world, working for leading photographers in San Francisco (I.W. Taber), Chicago (Joseph W. Gehrig), New York (various, perhaps including Falk whose name and logo he used in Sydney) and London (W & D Downey). Returning to Australia in 1885 he set up Falk Studios in the Royal Arcade, 496 George Street, Sydney, which became the leading celebrity studio in the city specialising in portraits of local and visiting theatrical stars, including Mrs Brown Potter (1890) – his first commercial success – Sarah Bernhardt (whom he paid 100 gns for the exclusive rights to photograph her in Australia in 1891 & whom he rephotographed in old age at ...

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  • fl. 1875 - 1934

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
  • Musee Rodin, Paris, France
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, UK
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, England, UK
  • State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • Legends: The Art of Walter Barnett
  • Mirror with a memory: Photographic portraiture in Australia
  • Working men of Dieppe
  • Warriors All: Exhibition of Portraits of Officers of the British, Overseas and Allied Forces and Ladies Engaged in War Work
  • (see also) Annual Medal from the Royal Photographic Society
  • (see also) Roberts, Tom
  • (see also) Downey, Denis
  • (see also) Conder, Charles
  • (see also) Streeton, Arthur
  • (see also) May, Philip William
  • (see also) Quinn, James
  • (see also) Longstaff, John
  • (see also) Davies, David
  • (see also) Cato, John (Jack) Cyril
  • (see also) Fullwood, A. H.
  • (see also) Parkes, Henry
  • (see also) Riise, Harold
  • (see also) Taber, I. W.
  • (see also) Gehrig, Joseph W.
  • (see also) Falk,
  • (see also) Potter, Brown
  • (see also) Bernhardt, Sarah
  • (see also) Stewart, Nellie
  • (see also) Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • (see also) Twain, Mark
  • (see also) Edwards, John
  • (see also) Thornley, J. Brooks
  • (see also) Arnold, Ethel
  • (see also) Arnold, Matthew
  • (see also) Ward, Humphrey
  • (see also) Rodin, Auguste
  • (see also) Blanche, Jacques-Emile
  • (see also) Hardee, Oscar
  • (see also) Sickert, Walter
  • (see also) Roberts, Lillie
  • (see also) Barnett, Lewis
  • (see also) Barnett, Alice
  • (see also) Barnett, Phoebe
  • (see also) Barnett, Charles
  • (see also) Barnett, Ella
  • (see also) Gill, W. H.
  • (see also) Donald, Margot
  • (see also) Royal Photographic Society, London
  • (see also) A. H. Fullwood

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  1. [H. Walter Barnett : Australian Art and Artists file]
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Published : 2008 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 209,036.484)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 209,036.484)

  2. Fleurs de la Riviera, Paysages de France
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1927 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Fleurs de la Riviera, Paysages de France
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 152,638.656)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 152,638.656)

  3. Art contemporain francais. catalogue, Collection H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 130,240.695)

  4. Walter Barnett collection of modern French art, exhibited at the Fine Art Society's Gallery : price list
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1927 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,004.844)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,004.844)

  5. Portrait of R. C. Munro Ferguson / H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Photograph : 1914-1920 ]
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    At National Library
    Portrait of  R. C. Munro Ferguson / H. Walter Barnett
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  6. A protest against the maladministration of the beneficent public trust known as the Felton Bequest / by H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1933 ]
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    At 3 libraries
    A protest against the maladministration of the beneficent public trust known as the Felton Bequest / by H. Walter Barnett
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  7. [Portrait of Sir Henry Parkes] H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Photograph : 1890 ]
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    At National Library
    [Portrait of Sir Henry Parkes] H. Walter Barnett
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 73,226.086)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 73,226.086)

  8. Portrait of John Young of Melbourne, cousin of Evelyn Beatrice Mackenzie / H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Photograph : 1910 ]
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    Portrait of John Young of Melbourne, cousin of Evelyn Beatrice Mackenzie / H. Walter Barnett
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  9. [Tom Roberts]
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Photograph : 1903 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    [Tom Roberts]
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  10. Portrait of Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Alexander Browne) H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Photograph : 1910 ]
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    At National Library
    Portrait of Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Alexander Browne) H. Walter Barnett
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Resources about H. Walter Barnett (4)

  1. [H. Walter Barnett : Australian Art and Artists file]
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Published : 2008 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 209,224.766)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 209,224.766)

  2. Fleurs de la Riviera, Paysages de France
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1927 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 2 libraries
    Fleurs de la Riviera, Paysages de France
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 151,510.031)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 151,510.031)

  3. Art contemporain francais. catalogue, Collection H. Walter Barnett
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 129,713.172)

  4. Walter Barnett collection of modern French art, exhibited at the Fine Art Society's Gallery : price list
    Barnett, H. Walter, 1862-1934
    [ Book : 1927 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 126,547.766)

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    ... Walter Barnett, late of Forbes, formerly of Peak Hillj iii tlie State of New South 'Wales, retired ... , distribution. —Dated this 17th day of August, 1923. H. E. MORGAN, Proctor for the Executors. Codper ... 264 words
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    ... BOTFIELDS.—Impounded at Botfields, on the 19th day of September, 1872, from Yarrawin, by Walter ... shoulder, H slanting upwards near thigh, star, broken down both hind legs, hind feet white, pearl off eye ... 152 words
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