Wilhelm Martin Kimbel (c.1831 - 1899)

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Birthplace: Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Death: Died in Woollahra, NSW, Australia
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About Wilhelm Martin Kimbel

Australian Photographer born in Mainz (Mayence du Rhine).

Death Notice from "The Sydney Morning Herald" of Monday 4 December 1899:

"KIMBEL. December 2, at his residence, 90 John-street Woollahra, Herr Wilhelm Kimbel, aged 68. At rest"

From "The Australian, Windsor, Richmond and Hawkesbury Advertiser" of Saturday 28 July 1883:

"PHOTOGRAPHY.-We have been shown a series of groups photographed by that prince of portrait painters, Herr Kimbel, of Mac quarie-street, Windsor, and venture to eey that they will bear comparison with any we have seen."

From the "Hawkesbury Chronicle and Farmers Advocate" of Saturday 26 May 1883:

"PHOTOGRAPHY.-Having a taste for this beautiful chemical art-and in fact, art of any kind-we availed ourselves of Herr Kimbel's invitation, the other day, to look over his gallery, manipulating room, dark room, and studio-for Herr Kimbel is not merely a photographer, but an artist of considerable ability. This gentleman's gallery, then, is a commodious room, constructed with a due regard to obtaining the best light, and fur- nished with an equal regard to the comfort of the sitter. The came as, lenses, stands, and other appliances are of the best, and suited for every kind of work-portraiture, live- stock, views, reprints, &c Mr. Kimbel being an artist-as the many paintings, draw- ings, and sketches one sees will testify-is a sufficient guarantee that any photos coming from his studio will be a picture, and not a mere film of something indescribable on its surface. Again, should it be required that the photo, be coloured, the operator's artistic skill and taste will prevent anything like a daub leaving his premises. We have looked through volumes of Mr. Kimbel's pictures and designs, and those of his father ; -who was an Art Designer of some eminence in Mayence-du-Rhine, and his brother . was an exhibitor at our late International Exhibition-and we are satisfied that as soon as people make up their minds to pay him a visit, be will not only give a good account of himself but of tbfint also. Herr Kimbel uses the new dry-plate process, with a gelatine film, and is therefore in a better position to take what are termed instantaneous pictures of children and the inferior animals than he could with the old colloidal process. " As a stranger settling among us, we trust that this gentleman; will get a fair share of support from the public, both in town and country.

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Wilhelm Martin Kimbel's Timeline

1831
1831
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
1875
1875
Age 44
Goulburn, NSW, Australia
1878
January, 1878
Age 47
1881
1881
Age 50
Paddington, NSW, Australia
1883
1883
Age 52
Windsor, NSW, Australia
1885
1885
Age 54
Paddington, NSW, Australia
1889
1889
Age 58
Paddington, NSW, Australia
1899
December 2, 1899
Age 68
Woollahra, NSW, Australia
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