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Original Albumen Photograph Carte-de-Visite of a Chinese Nobleman
Singapore Original rare albumen CDV portrait, circa 1862-1863, by August Sachtler, foremost German photographer in Singapore, with Photographer's letterpress monogram to front and credit printed to verso of mount. Card measures approximately 2,5 x 4 inches. Photograph measures approximately 2.25 x 3.5 inches. Very Good condition. August Sachtler was a German photographer in the Straits Settlement, and founder of the first photographic studio established in Singapore, in the early 1860s. He is especially remembered for a now very rare circa 1867 panorama of Singapore Town from Pearl?'s Hill. Initially operating independently, as indicated by the letterpress name and monogram (AG) logo on this item, in circa 1864 he partnered with Kristen Feilberg who was also a tobacco merchant, and also possibly his brother, E. Hermann Sachtler, subsequently changing the studio name to Sachtler & Co. The exact date of the founding of Sachtler & Co. remains unconfirmed but the firm was in operation from the early 1860s until 1874. The earliest panorama in the Straits Settlement was a view of Singapore taken in ten parts by Sachtler & Co. in 1863. The company also published one of the first published albums of the regions, titled "Views and Types of Singapore." In 1864 the company was renowned and produced many photographs. Photographs taken by August Sachtler prior to 1864 however are extremely scarce. Later Sachtler worked with W.B. Woodbury (Sachtler & Woodbury), and from 1867 Feilberg operated alone for a short time. Together with E. Hermann Sachtler he opened a branch in Penang, establishing the first studio there, though Sachtler returned to Singapore in 1869. .
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