CARTE-DE-VISITES - CAMILLE SILVY A large collection of approximately 540 photographic carte-de-visites (including 18 by Camille Silvy), and approximately 20 cabinet portraits (quantity)
Lot 186
CARTES-DE-VISITE - CAMILLE SILVY A large collection of approximately 540 photographic cartes-de-visite (including 18 by Camille Silvy), and approximately 20 cabinet portraits (quantity)
Sold for £625 (US$ 1,012) inc. premium

Lot Details
CARTES-DE-VISITE - CAMILLE SILVY
A large collection of approximately 540 photographic cartes-de-visite (including 18 by Camille Silvy), and approximately 20 cabinet portraits, albumen prints, most with photographer's printed details on verso, most approximately 94 x 64mm., [mostly 1860s/early 1870s] (quantity)

Footnotes

  • A large collection of cartes-de-visite providing a good overview of the heyday of the "cartomania" period. Mostly private sitters including males companions (c.20), finely dressed women serving "as small fashion-plates to show off the sitter's latest dress and to do justice to the photographer's elegant interior decoration" (Gernsheim, The Rise of Photography 1850-1880, 1988), also dogs (3), celebrities (Tennyson, Garibaldi, Disraeli, Blondin, etc.). The most celebrated studios are represented from London and the provinces, including that of Camille Silvy, recently the subject of a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
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