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French calf leather album by Maquet, with silver gilt clasps and green watered silk board lining, each leaf having four embossed paper windows, containing 100 albumen cartes-de-visite (RCINs 2915115-2915213).
From the 1840s Queen Victoria began to acquire

The royal family have collected, created and commissioned portrait photographs

Attributed to Sachtler & Co.

Chinese ladies and attendant circa 1864 - 1870

RCIN 2702972

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Following the introduction of photography in Europe in 1839, photographic studios began being established in Asia during the 1840s to1860s. This portrait by August Sachtler depicts two Chinese women and a male attendant. In the early 1860s, German August Sachtler (d.1874) and Dane Kristen Feilberg (1839-1919) established the first photographic studio in Singapore, trading under the name Sachtler & Co. This photograph is from an album presented to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900) following his travels in Malaysia and Singapore.