Lindt collection value increases
By EMMA CORNFORD
THE value of the Grafton Regional Gallery's Lindt photograph collection has been added to with the Sydney sale of a Lindt picture for $19,200.
The photograph taken by John William Lindt, the renowned photographer who had a studio in Grafton in the 1800s, depicts an aboriginal couple in 1890.
While the stunning image was taken later and is larger than any of those in the Gallery collection, Avron Thompson, from the Grafton Regional Gallery, said there was little doubt the sale had increased the value of the Grafton works.
"It is almost double the size of the works in our collection ? it's huge," she said.
"But I guarantee our collection's value would have increased with this sale, for sure."
Ms Thompson said the Gallery was looking at buying more Lindt pictures, taken around Baryulgil and Tabulam, to add to the Grafton collection.
Last year the collection of pictures depicting Aborigines from the Clarence Valley, taken in 1873-4 in Lindt's Grafton studio, was donated to the gallery by Sam Cullen. The valuable pictures made up one of the few complete Lindt photograph collections in the world.