38 platinum prints, most captioned in ink. 1 vols. Oblong 8vo. HUNTING IN NEW BRUNSWICK. Navy straight grain morocco album, gilt, marbled endsheets, a.e.g. Printed and bound in London by James Sinclair, Haymarket, 1910. Blue cloth chemise Item #319125
Superb album documenting a hunting expedition by Captain Harry Holmes-Tarn and his wife, Nora in 1909. On 25 September, they sailed from Liverpool on SS Mongolian arriving in St. John's, Newfoundland. They returned to Liverpool on 19 November that year.
The sporting industry in New Brunswick gained popularity toward the end of the nineteenth century, culminating in the establishment of the New Brunswick Guides' Association in 1899. The guides were much in demand escorting many trophy hunters from American and Britain. The Holmes-Tarns engaged the services of the New Brunswick Guides Association and thus they were accompanied by guides George Mackay and Jim Brander and their cook, Harold. The images here provide a wonderful overview of the trip, including shots of camps at Lake Brook, Peabody Lake, and Bald Mountain. We see the Miramichi River where they bagged moose and caribou and there are amusing shots of Harry and Nora in the wild.
Holmes-Tarn was born in London and was educated at Eton and then Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was the younger brother of Sir William Woodthorpe Tarn, the renowned classical scholar. Harry changed his name in 1895, the same year he married Nora Adelgunde. She was the daughter of Henry Martini, the consul for Denmark at Glasgow. Holmes-Tarn served with the 13th Hussars before transferring to the 7th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps with the rank of Major.
This beautifully produced album is of additional interest being printed by James Alfred Sinclair, an important figure in British photography. In conjunction with A.S. Newman, he helped design and sell cameras used by the likes of Frank Hurley on Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions and on the 1922 Mallory Everest expedition.
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