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19th Century Photographic Studios
Properties, accessories and novelties
A contemporary thought…
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.
Published in The Photographic Journal being the Journal of the Photographic Society, 15 December 1862, No.128, p.188
This online exhibition will be improved and I'd welcome examples from those who have nineteenth century sales catalogues illustrating properties, accessories and novelties for the photographic studio. If anybody has done an analysis of the manufacturers supplying this material for any part of the world I'd be most interested.
With grateful thanks to all the collectors, dealers, gallerists and photo-curators who have assisted with this online exhibition. Your efforts and support go way beyond any words I have to say. Thank you.
Akehurst Creative Management Ltd, Antiq-Photo, Bassenge Photography Auctions, Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Bonhams - London, Capitol Gallery, Charles Isaacs Photographs - Inc, Charles Schwartz Ltd, Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Collection of Brad Feuerhelm, Cowan's Auctions - Inc, Daniella Dangoor, Dennis A. Waters Fine Daguerreotypes, Dennis George Crow, Dominic Winter Book Auctions, George Eastman Museum, Google Books, J. Cosmas Vintage Photography, Jefferson Stereoptics, La Bonne Vivante, Larry Gottheim - Be-hold - Inc, Musée d'Orsay, Musée français de la Photographie, Museum Ludwig, National Galleries of Scotland, National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, National Gallery of Canada - The Origins of Photography: The Matthew R. Isenburg and Enhanced Isenburg Collections 1840-1880, Past to Present: Vintage Photo Gallery, Paul Frecker, Pierre Spake Fine Art, Private collection, Private collection, Private collection of Alan Griffiths, Private collection of Andrea Cesari, Private collection of Brian Smolens, Private collection of Christopher Schwer, Private collection of Jan Weijers (Servatius), Private collection of John Hannavy, Private collection of John Toohey, Private collection of Laurie Minor, Private collection of Steven Evans, Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler, Rijksmuseum, Stereographica - Antique Photographica, Stereoviews: Stereoviews and Fine 19th & 20th Century Antique Photographs, Wellcome Collection.