Gall, Ernest, 1894, Photograph, PRG 631/3
Glass plate negative of one of at least two mosaics of photographic portraits created by Adelaide photographer Henry Jones to commemorate an Old Colonists' Banquet. The banquet was organised by merchant Emanuel Solomon at the Adelaide Town Hall on 28 December 1871 to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the founding of the colony of South Australia. This image lacks the subtitle dedication 'Duplicate of one Presented to E. Solomon Esq by H. Jones, Photographer for his liberality in giving the Banquet, Decr 1871' that is included on a different version held by the State Library of South Australia at B 47769. The mosaic contains portraits of 444 men, having none of the 71 portraits added to B 47769 after its initial production. Because of this, PRG 631/3 may represent the version of the mosaic presented to Solomon before his death in October 1873. The dedication may have been removed from the bottom of the mosaic after Solomon's death. Twenty-six of the portraits show the subjects in slightly different poses than depicted in B 47769. Their clothing is identical, indicating that the different portraits were taken at the same sitting at Jones' studio. The glass plate negative has written on it '1894. This copy made by Ernest Gall'. Because this version of the mosaic duplicates many of those on B 47769, only those that are different are linked to this record. To see other pioneers, do an ARCHIVAL NUMBER search on B 47769.