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Unknown (USA) 
Studio back view of a gentleman, possibly the photographer 
1860 
  
Carte de visite 
Ordinary Light 
 
LL/18079 
  
 
 
  

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Contemporary text
 
There is always too much of the studio in these carte de visite portraits. We do not merely refer to the extraordinary backgrounds which some of these operators employ. Why a respectable old lady is to be represented as sitting without her bonnet in a chair placed upon a Brussels carpet in the middle of a terraced garden, is always very perplexing; and it is equally difficult to understand what the foundation can be for the theory, which seems to have possessed the minds of several of the photographers, that the middle-aged men of England generally spend their lives leaning against a Corinthian pillar, with a heavy curtain flapping about their legs, turning their backs to a magnificent view, and obviously standing in a frightful thorough draught.
 
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The Photographic Journal being the Journal of the Photographic Society, 15 December 1862, No.128, p.188

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