Frank Senior, sculler

Format: Glass plate negative.


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Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum


Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection


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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985

  • Typos in the Key of E 7y

    It's too bad the negative broke - that's a wonderful capture.

    Ditto what Typos said!
  • Erica Firment PRO 7y

    Take my beard seriously!
  • Guillermo Michel 7y

  • amy.berrian 7y

    What a great character shot
  • Davey 7y

    I like this!
  • Plutonnia 7y

    That's an amazing shot. It really gives a sense of the time.
  • Tara Badcock 7y

    Wow, doesn't he look determined...he really shines through the broken surface. Such a beautiful image!
  • pigotta08(limited) 7y

  • celine van aerde 7y

    zalige foto
  • Mike PRO 7y

    Fabulous photo!
  • Love Drones 7y

    i wish i had a camera that took photos like this.

    por favor alguem tira essa fita e ajeita isso no photoshop!
  • Stuart PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wooden Rowing Shells, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • quasymody PRO 4y

    I could be wrong...but this might be Frank Senior Jnr (b. 1862). The digitised newspapers reveal that he was a member of the Mercantile Rowing Club in the early 1890s - eg: He was the son of Frank Senior Snr (d. 1895), a George Street pharmacist. See the father's obit at: Maybe a rowing historian could date the pic via the shell and fittings, but my guess is that it was taken in the mid-later 1880s, when Senior was in his mid-later 20s, and when sideburns and other outcrops of facial hair were still fashionable (for men at least). From what I can establish Frank Senior Jnr (!) wasn't an oarsman of any great note. But he certainly dressed the part. I love the shoes, which appear to have a rubber sole tacked on. Yet another stunning pic!
  • quasymody PRO 4y

    PS...note that the pic appears to have been staged to some extent...for starters, you can see that the subject is positioned above the level of the water in the background...then, if you go to the purl version and zoom in, you can see that the shell isn't sitting in water...there's in fact a shadow where the shell meets the solid surface beneath...I also suspect that on a typical day you'd get at least one of your immaculate rowing socks damp getting into the shell...given the movement of a boat in even the stillest water, it was probably necessary to stage the pic in order to produce a clear image...I'd say the pic might have been taken on terra firma near the water's edge, or on a jetty outside a boat shed, rather than in a studio...not that any of this detracts from such a wonderful pic. Despite the break and sticky tape repair job, this is one of my favourites in the Tyrrell Collection!
  • quasymody PRO 4y

    Pic possibly taken on the boat ramp side of the MRC Dawes Point club house -
  • Steve Pearson 4y

    That would make him a scull and not a sculler, would it not?
  • ivanich 3y

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Taken circa 1900
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