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Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter
, c. 1863

by Milligan Bros. (Studio)

ambrotype, handcoloured on glass plate with black paint backing (frame: 10.3 cm x 8.3 cm, image: 8.4 cm x 6.4 cm)

Robert Thomas Carter (c.1843-1917) was a leading Sydney cabinetmaker and furniture warehouseman, and later an antique dealer. Born in Sydney, he maintained a number of businesses from the mid-1860s in Jamison Street and George Street. A number of pieces of his manufacture were exhibited at the Sydney Intercolonial Exhibition of 1870. At around the same time his partner, James Lawson, established an equally important furniture business. In 1891 Carter retired to his residence, Claines, at Darling Point, where he later died, leaving a large estate to his widow, two sons and five daughters.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Mr and Mrs James Bain 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2003.156