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Julia Margaret Cameron - Summer Days (May Prinsep, Freddy Gould, Lizzie Koewen, Mary Ryan)
Julia Margaret Cameron
Summer Days (May Prinsep, Freddy Gould, Lizzie Koewen, Mary Ryan)
$22,000
Julia Margaret Cameron - The Rose Bud Garden of Girls (Mrs. G. F. Watts and Sisters)
Julia Margaret Cameron
The Rose Bud Garden of Girls (Mrs. G. F. Watts and Sisters)
$4,500
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi -
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi
"T" with Cte. Camara Leine
$1,000
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi - Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager, Photographer, Marine Painter and Printmaker
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi
Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager, Photographer, Marine Painter and Printmaker
$3,500
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi - Two Young Girls and Doll
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi
Two Young Girls and Doll
$850
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi - Group of Six Cdvs of the Aguado Family and Friends
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi
Group of Six Cdvs of the Aguado Family and Friends
$2,000
Sale
$1,400
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi - Edward Francis Rimbault , English Organist, Pianist and Author
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi
Edward Francis Rimbault , English Organist, Pianist and Author
$850
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi - Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager, Photographer, Marine Painter and Printmaker
Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disderi
Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager, Photographer, Marine Painter and Printmaker
$850
Sale
$595
Nelson & Marshall, Royal Dublin School of Photography - Irish Brothers with Bow and Arrows
Nelson & Marshall, Royal Dublin School of Photography
Irish Brothers with Bow and Arrows
$100
Sale
$70
Various Photographers - Portraits of Actors and Actresses
Various Photographers
Portraits of Actors and Actresses
$150
Sale
$105
W. C. Wemyss - The Actress Kate Bateman
W. C. Wemyss
The Actress Kate Bateman
$80
L. Caldesi & Co. - William M. Thackeray
L. Caldesi & Co.
William M. Thackeray
$100
By Alex Novak

Julia M. Cameron, Summer Days

The carte-de-visite (abbreviated cdv or c-d-v) was a type of small photograph mounted on card often with the photographer's printed studio information. The wealthy amateurs Count Olympe Aguado and Edouard Delessert produced small photographs that they used as calling cards.

An 1854 article stated: "An original idea gave M. Edouard Delessert and Count Aguado the opportunity to make some delicious small portraits. Until now, calling cards have carried the name, address, and sometimes titles of the people they represented. Why not replace the name with a portrait?" [Quoted in McCauley, "A.A. E. Disderi and the Carte de Visite Portrait Photograph."]

The photographer André Adolphe-Eugene Disderi realized the commercial possibilities of this format, patented it in 1854 and made it the mainstay of his Paris studio output. Claims that it was first used by Louis Dodero still persist.

The carte-de-visite was usually made of an albumen photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a typical carte-de-visite is 54 mm (2.125 in) × 89 mm (3.5 in) mounted on a card sized 64 mm (2.5 in) × 100 mm (4 in).

In 1854, Disdéri also patented a method of taking eight separate negatives on a single plate, which reduced production costs.

The carte-de-visite was slow to gain widespread use until about 1859, when Disdéri published photos of Emperor Napoleon III in this format.

Such photograph cards then became enormously popular and were traded among friends and visitors. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons, such as the Emperor and other political, theatrical and artist personalities. It was even used artistically by photographers such as Julia M. Cameron. The collecting frenzy first spread throughout Europe and then quickly to America. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors.

By the early 1870s, cartes de visite were supplanted by "cabinet cards," which were also usually albumen prints, but larger, mounted on cardboard backs usually measuring 110 mm (4.5 in) by 170 mm (6.5 in).

Carte-de-Visites: Photos in Miniature
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