Woman of Jamaica
A. Duperly & Sons of Jamaica
A carte-de-visite portrait of an elderly, bespectacled Jamaican woman wearing a hat and a short, outdoor cloak, seated in a photographer’s studio holding her handbag on her lap.
Photographed by A. Duperly & Sons of Harbour Street, Kingston, Jamaica.
Born in Paris in 1801, Adolphe Duperly was an engraver, lithographer, printer and photographer who settled in Jamaica and later established a photographic studio on the island. The date of his arrival is not known but he was certainly there by 1831, when he produced a lithograph depicting the Baptist War of that year. Another lithograph in 1838 showed the celebrations held in Kingston to mark full emancipation from slavery. His lithographic work provides a visual record of the island’s African-Caribbean people. Around 1841 he established a photographic studio. During the 1840s he published a series of lithographs taken from his own daguerreotypes of Jamaican scenes. After his death in 1865, the studio continued under the management of his eldest son and later that of his grandsons.
Condition: the print presents a few small, peripheral imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount is also in excellent condition, with crisp edges and sharp corners.