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Unknown Woman

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Unknown Woman 1860s
French-born Camille Silvy spent almost ten years in London in the heyday of the cartes de visite during the 1860s. He specialised in portraits of fashionable English aristocrats and the props in his studio were intended to promote the social status of his clients. This richly dressed lady is suitably shown in a refined and respectable environment with an upholstered chair on her right and a full bookcase on her left.

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Carte de visite

A small photograph, stuck on card the size of a visiting card.

Carte de visite


  • Acc. No. PGP R 892
  • Medium Carte de visite, albumen print
  • Size 8.50 x 5.70 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985