About this artwork

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.

Camille Silvy

Camille Silvy