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Photograph - Portrait of a Lady (Chrissie Learnmouth). Carte de visite.
  • Portrait of a Lady (Chrissie Learnmouth). Carte de visite.
    Unknown Hughes, Jabez
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Portrait of a Lady (Chrissie Learnmouth). Carte de visite.

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Isle of Wight (Ryde, Isle of Wight)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)
    1860s

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Hughes, Jabez (photographer)

  • Museum number:

    E.625-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case CA2

The carte de visite was patented in 1854 by the French photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, and soon became the most common type of photograph. Between four and six miniature portraits could be taken on one glass plate negative. Sitters then chose their favourites, which were printed, cut out and mounted onto calling cards. It was fashionable to exchange and collect images of family, friends, royalty and celebrities, into specially designed albums.

Physical description

Portrait of a woman (Chrissie Learmouth), wearing a full-skirted, lace-detailed dress and reading a letter. Beside her is a table with a hardbound book atop it.

Place of Origin

Isle of Wight (Ryde, Isle of Wight)

Date

19th century (made)
1860s

Artist/maker

Unknown
Hughes, Jabez (photographer)

Dimensions

Width: 63 mm, Height: 105 mm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Jabez Hughes, 'Portrait of a Lady', ca. 1860s

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

William Carrick; Ashford Brothers & Co.; Cornelius Jabez Hughes; J.J. Rugg; R. Green; A.W. Turner; J.J. Mayall; Edwards & Simonton; Gregory & Eddy; T. Heaviside; R. James; J. Porter; Ross & Pringle; Southwell Brothers; Enrico Van Lint; Camille Silvy; Elliott & Fry; J. Chaufly; Hills & Saunders; Arthur Debenham; unknown photographers
Cartes de visite
1850s–70s

The carte de visite was patented in 1854 by the French photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, and soon became the most common type of photograph. Between four and six miniature portraits could be taken on one glass plate negative. Sitters then chose their favourites, which were printed, cut out and mounted onto calling cards. It was fashionable to exchange and collect images of family, friends, royalty and celebrities, into specially designed albums.

Albumen prints
Museum nos. E.625, 539, 794, 656, 638, 573, 670, 585, 619, 772, 731, 745, 720, 792, 793, 580, 533, 609, 671, 615, 614, 667, 495, 651, 493, 583, 639, 620, 589, 532-1995; 226-1967; E.514, 30-2009
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Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Books; Cartes de visite; Reading; Woman; Portrait

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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