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Fishmonger 1860s

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
As in other European capitals, portrait photography in St Petersburg was a fiercely competitive business; more difficult still for the absence of a large Russian middle class, a comparative lack of sunlight and the high cost of materials. To boost the income of his St Petersburg studio, Carrick conceived of the idea of a series of 'Russian types', produced for the tourist market in the form of small cartes de visite. These photographs, largely of street vendors, helped satisfy the curiosity of the public about the character of Russia's itinerant peasants. The occupation of the fishmonger is brought to life for the viewer by the fish which almost cascades from the container.

Glossary Open

Carte de visite

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

Carte de visite


  • Acc. No. PGP 81.1
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 9.30 x 5.60 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1989