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Four portraits of the same man
Carte de visite
Private collection of Ron Coddington
As the business of photography grew more competitive during the 1860s, photographers marketed various novel ways to bring in the public. One of them was this unique style, which featured four portraits of the sitter, each at a different angle.
This example comes to us from English-born lensman John Carbutt (1832-1902). Carbutt is credited as, among other accomplishments, the individual who introduced the carte de visite to Chicagoans and a pioneer of X-ray and celluloid film.
In England, this style was known as the Diamond Cameo Portrait. They are first mentioned in British newspapers in December 1864, and the last mention is mid-1869.