Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Gentile, Carlo[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 1835 - 1893  (58 years)


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  • Name Gentile, Carlo 
    • VARIANT NAME: Gentile, Charles.
    Born 1835  Naples, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year Oct 1863-May 1866  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Fort St. (N. side at Government)
    Robinson's Block, also known as Occidental Block
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year May-Aug 1866  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Government St. (W. side near View St.)
    next door to Theatre Photographic Gallery
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1870s-1893  Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 27 Oct 1893  Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Association Shakespeare, Noah (Relationship: Employee) 
    Person ID I218  Camera Workers | G, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2017 

  • Documents
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>Colonist</i> (Victoria), 1863 08 05
    Carlo Gentile's ad, Colonist (Victoria), 1863 08 05
    One of two ads appearing the same day, this one shows Gentile's interest in photographic effects before he took up the craft.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>Colonist</i> (Victoria), 1863 10 31
    Carlo Gentile's ad, Colonist (Victoria), 1863 10 31
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>Colonist</i> (Victoria), 1866 05 18.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, Colonist (Victoria), 1866 05 18.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>Colonist</i> (Victoria), 1866 08 16.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, Colonist (Victoria), 1866 08 16.
    In this ad, Gentile gives notice that he has hired Noah Shakespeare to manage his studio.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>Colonist</i> (Victoria), 1866 10 27.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, Colonist (Victoria), 1866 10 27.
    Gentile lost his photographs of British Columbia and Puget Sound on his way south to California. It is not known if he ever recovered these valuable images.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche on verso of carte-de-visite.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche on verso of carte-de-visite.
    Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP003191.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche from verso of carte-de-visite, 1864.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche from verso of carte-de-visite, 1864.
    As indicated by the annotation on the verso, the photograph itself depicts a logging scene with oxen and three men at Alberni on Vanouver Island. Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP022915.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche from verso of carte-de-visite.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche from verso of carte-de-visite.
    Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP024217.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche from verso of carte-de-visite.
    Carlo Gentile cartouche from verso of carte-de-visite.
    Note the misspelling of Gentile. Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records catalogue no. HP050155.
    Carlo Gentile notice, <i>Colonist</i>, 1866 05 18.
    Carlo Gentile notice, Colonist, 1866 05 18.
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>North Pacific Times</i> (New Westminster), 1864 12 14, p. 2
    Carlo Gentile's ad, North Pacific Times (New Westminster), 1864 12 14, p. 2
    Carlo Gentile's ad, <i>North Pacific Times</i> (New Westminster), 1865 01 11
    Carlo Gentile's ad, North Pacific Times (New Westminster), 1865 01 11
    This ad originally appeared on or around 23 Dec 1864.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Gentile arrived in Victoria from San Francisco in Sep 1862 and opened a "fancy goods" store. The following August he was advertising to buy "photographic fixings" and by Oct 1863 had opened a portrait studio in conjunction with his store. He then sold the store in Feb 1864 and attempted to also sell the photo gallery. Following the winter of 1864-1865, which he spent in New Westminster, he made a second attempt to sell his photo gallery in Mar 1865. Unsuccessful in his intention to dispose of the photo business, he carried on and began a series of landscape views throughout the known portions of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

      One of his most important photographic ventures was in Aug and Sep 1865 when he accompanied Governor Frederick Seymour's party to the Cariboo country. Gentile also photographed the Alberni area in 1864, the Leech River and Sooke district in 1864 during the height of the gold rush and parts of Washington Territory in the late winter of 1866 which he toured with Governor William Pickering.

      When he departed BC in Sep 1866 he left Noah Shakespeare in charge of the gallery that he had only opened in May of that year. Gentile never returned and was later reported to be in San Francisco in 1867, in the U.S. Southwest in 1868 and was in Chicago by the late 1870s.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "C. Gintile [sic], Photographer, Victoria" or "Gentile, Photographer, Victoria, Vancouver Island" or "Gentile, Photographer, Victoria" (with woman's head) or "Gentile, Photographer" on verso of carte-de-visite. Large (approx. 8 x 10 in.) landscape views (negatives) may be captioned by hand and marked "Gentile Pho" (shows up as black on print).
    • REFERENCES: Colonist (Victoria), 1862 09 18/3 (arrives from San Francisco), 1863 08 05/2 (Gentile & Co. ad pre-photographic career), 1863 08 14/3 (ad: "Photographic fixings wanted"), 1863 10 30/2 (ad for gallery opening), 1864 02 02/3, 1864 02 18/3 (auction item), 1864 02 26/2 (auctions lease of house & photographic gallery at back), 1864 03 05/2 (ad), 1864 04 07/2 (ad), 1864 06 28/3, 1864 07 18, 1864 08 15, 1864 09 02/3, 1864 11 07/2, 1865 03 16-about 04 18 (ad for photo gallery sale), 1865 05 18/2 (ad), 1865 06 01, 1865 06 18, 1865 09 16/3, 1865 09 25/3, 1865 10 23/3, 1865 10 27 (2 items), 1865 11 09/3, 1865 11 25/2, 1865 12 08/3, 1866 03 14/3 (returned from Washington Territory), 1866 05 02/3, 1866 07 25/3, 1866 08 15/2 (ad hires N. Shakespeare), 1955 06 19/11; Cariboo Sentinel, 1865 08 26/1, 1866 05 07/4 (ad for gallery in Victoria), 1866 05 10; Columbian (New Westminster), 1865 09 16/3; Chronicle (Victoria), 1866 05 18/3 (new gallery opened).

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.

    2. [S152] COLLECTION: OOA.
      Arthur Nonus Birch collection (accession 1976-259).

    3. [S138] COLLECTION: BVAUS (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S11] HOW63, Howard, F.P. and Barnett, comps., (Victoria, B.C.: Frederick P. Howard and George Barnett, 1863), back cover.
      ad, "Gentile & Co., Importers".

    5. [S633] BVIPA VR Photographer File.

    6. [S578] Marino (1998), Cesare Marino, (Nevada City, Calif.: Carl Mautz Publishing, 1998).

    7. [S902] Greene (2015), Ronald A. Greene, (Victoria, BC: Greene Frogge Press, 2015), NW 770.92 G799. (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S903] Carlo Gentile @CaribooGentile (Web site), (Twitter.com) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S578] Marino (1998), Cesare Marino, (Nevada City, Calif.: Carl Mautz Publishing, 1998), 1.
      Marino gives his birthplace as Naples, Italy.

    10. [S578] Marino (1998), Cesare Marino, (Nevada City, Calif.: Carl Mautz Publishing, 1998), 65.