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Camille Silvy (1834-1910)

Folding portfolio containing portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 1859-61

Green leather portfolio, consisting of two folding triptych screens of red paste grained leather, each window outlined in gold and finished in blind, with mother of pearl clips, containing 54 albumen cartes-de-visite | 33.5 x 23.4 cm (whole) (whole object) | RCIN 2914920

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Green leather portfolio, consisting of two folding triptych screens of red paste grained leather, each window outlined in gold and finished in blind, with mother of pearl clips, containing 54 albumen cartes-de-visite (RCINs 2914921-2914971 plus 2105656, 2105659 and 2105653).

In the 1850s the Queen became an enthusiastic sitter to and collector of carte-de-visite portraits. These small photographs, mounted on card, were produced in large numbers. They would then be distributed among friends and family, and arranged in albums – all activities enjoyed by the Queen. In 1860 the Queen agreed to pose for cartes-de-visite for sale to the public. They proved immensely popular.