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|Born: Henry Walter Barnett |
Pen: The Antipodean
|Dates: ||1862 - 1934|
|Active: ||US / Great Britain / Australia|
Australian-born photographer who worked with I.W. Taber in San Francisco and W. & D. Downey in London before restablishing himself with a studio in Melbourne. Member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood (1899-1901) with the pseudonym "The Antipodean". A selection of his work is housed in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London (UK).
A successful society portraitist at the beginning of the twentieth century. His sitters ranged from leading artists such as Auguste Rodin and Walter Sickert to prominent politicans including Sir Austen Chamberlain and Lord Balfour. Barnett’s London studio was in a prime location in Knightsbridge, overlooking Hyde Park, and here he photographed many of his sitters by electric light following their presentation to the Court at Buckingham Palace. Barnett managed to combine art and commerical portraiture, producing exquisite sepia platinum portraits.
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included here with permission.
Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011.
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