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Harris, Robert, fl. 1880-1899 (photographer)



  • Existence: fl. 1880 - 1894


Robert Harris was a commercial photographer active in South Africa. He had a studio at Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, 1880-1890 (Bensusan 1963, p.236). He exhibited photographs at the Port Elizabeth Exhibition 1885 and the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. From 1891 to 1894 Harris was in partnership with Thomas McKnaught (Bensusan 1963, p.236). Harris produced a number of photographically illustrated books.


Cowan, Charles (1882), 'Southampton to South Africa'. [Contains photographs by Harris]

Harris, R. (c. 1876), 'Photographic views of Port Elizabeth and neighbourhood'.

Harris, R. (188?), 'Photographic album of South African scenery'.

Harris, R. (1888), 'South Africa illustrated'.


Bensusan, A.D. (1963), '19th century photographers in South Africa'. 'Africana notes and news'. Volume 15, number 6, pp.219-252.

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South Africa Illustrated by a series of one hundred and four permanent photographs, Port Elizabeth : R Harris, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C
Scope and Contents Originally a printed book containing carbon prints tipped onto the leaves above brief letterpress captions. The captions have been used as titles and may contain offensive, inappropriate or outdated terms. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Titles supplied by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets. The photographs have been removed and are housed in inert archival sleeves. Most of the photographs, with the exception of a few large format...
Dates: 1888
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