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Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter

c. 1863
Milligan Bros. (Studio)

ambrotype, hand-coloured 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
Gift of Mr and Mrs James Bain 2000. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Artist and subject

Milligan Bros. (Studio)

Robert T. Carter (age 20 in 1863)

Subject professions

Business, trades and industry

Donated by

Bain, Janette, Bain, James AM (1 portrait)

Related portraits

1. Robert Carter, c. 1910. All William Johnson.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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