David and Joseph Barnett An album of forty-five photographs of South Africa thirty-five approx. 20.2 x 15.2cm (7 15/16 x 6in); five 15 x 20.6cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/8in); three 19 x 24.5cm (7 1/2 x 9 5/8in); two 18 x 13.2cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/8in)
Lot 6
David and Joseph Barnett An album of forty-five photographs of South Africa thirty-five approx. 20.2 x 15.2cm (7 15/16 x 6in); five 15 x 20.6cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/8in); three 19 x 24.5cm (7 1/2 x 9 5/8in); two 18 x 13.2cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/8in)
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,700 - 2,600
Lot Details
David and Joseph Barnett
An album of forty-five photographs of South Africa
many signed, numbered and inscribed with titles
albumen prints
thirty-five approx. 20.2 x 15.2cm (7 15/16 x 6in); five 15 x 20.6cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/8in); three 19 x 24.5cm (7 1/2 x 9 5/8in); two 18 x 13.2cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/8in)

Footnotes

  • Joseph Barnett( 1861-1897), a pioneering photo-journalist who had been appointed special correspondent of the illustrated London journal Black and White, set up J. Barnett and Company in the 1895, two years before his death. His brother, David (1874-1964) continued running the business Joseph's death until 1920.

    The photographs detailed above depict the aftermath of the legendary Great Dynamite Explosion that took place in Braamfontein on 19 February 1896.

    'A few hundred metres from the centre of Johannesburg stood a train containing 55 tons of sweating dynamite, cooking in the hot Highveld sun. It had been there for three days. It took only a slight jolt from a shunting locomotive to set the whole thing off! The result was a crater 250-metres wide and 30-meters deep, which also left [more than] a hundred dead and 2,000 injured, not to mention the destruction of hundreds of homes and loss of horses and livestock.' (Hayne in A Brief History of Modderfontein)
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