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Album of 126 19th Century Photographs - Victorian Portraiture



An extremely interesting, virtually complete Victorian 19th Century photograph album, containing one hundred and twenty six photographs and portraits of ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. This album provides a unique insight into multiple aspects of social history of the period, including costume, dress and class. Most pages display four photographs on each side, with four larger photographs in the album, each on their own page.

Some of the photographs show the same person in different settings or stances, seated and standing, and some are original Victorian 'Cartes de Visites'. Remarkably, the album also includes a series of four pet portraits, depicting the same Staffordshire terrier.

Cartes de visite were introduced to England in 1857. In May 1860, J.E. Mayall took carte portraits of the Royal Family. These were published later that year and the popularity of carte portraits soared. People began to collect portraits of their family, friends and celebrities and mounted them in albums like this one. Celebrity cartes were sold at stationer’s shops in the same way that picture postcards are today. The craze for collecting celebrity cartes de visite in albums reached its peak during the 1860s, but the format remained popular until the beginning of the 20th century.

Bound in blue tooled leather with brass fittings, clasp and gilt edged pages, as shown. Some of the photos are inscribed with dates to the reverse, and some have been fixed into the pages.

Unsigned and inscribed.


In good condition overall. Many of the photographs have some light surface discolouration, and some have minor foxing spots. The album bindings are intact and there is scuffing and discolouration to the pages and boards. The brass fitting is in working order. The spine has heavy creasing, as shown.


13.2 x 9.2cm (5.2" x 3.6")
Sheet: 30.1 x 48.8cm (11.9" x 19.2")

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Code pq746
Date 19th Century
Dimensions 13.2 x 9.2cm
Medium Photograph
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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