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Souvenir of Java, 1860-1890

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Finding Aid for Souvenir of JAVA, 1860-1890

Biographical/Historical Note

The young Englishmen Walter B. Woodbury and James Page met while seeking their fortunes in the Australian goldrush the 1850s. In 1857 they traveled to Java and opened the Woodbury and Page portrait studio in Weltevreden, Batavia (now Jakarta). Although Page returned to England in 1860, and Woodbury returned in 1864, the firm Woodbury and Page existed in Java until 1901, run first by Woodbury's younger brothers (Henry James and Albert), and later by Adolf Groth. Woodbury's successful career in photography continued after his return to England. He is best known for inventing the Woodburytype process (photo-relief printing).

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