John Watt Beattie (1859–1930)
Beattie was born in Scotland
and migrated to Tasmania with his parents. In 1878, he soon began to
work as a landscape photographer during expeditions to the bush, and
by 1882, he became a professional photographer. He was very skilled
in his craft and brought the visual image of Tasmania to the eyes of
the world. His works were made popular by being featured on postcards,
stamps, prints and lantern-slides. Beattie was also an antiquarian,
and in the 1890s he established a museum of art and artefacts in Hobart.
He was appointed photographer to the colony in 1896 and worked to support
tourism. He died in Hobart after being declared 'the finest landscape
photographer of his age'.