Portrait of Charles Dickens, 1865-1870

Summary

Cartes-de-visite, small, professionally-made photographs on cardboard stock, remained popular in the United States from the Civil War in the 1860s through the 1880s. Many were given to friends and loved ones, but enterprising photographers also produced images of famous individuals to sell to the collecting-crazed public. Politicians, military officers and celebrities, such as novelist Charles Dickens, were popular subjects.

Cartes-de-visite, small, professionally-made photographs on cardboard stock, remained popular in the United States from the Civil War in the 1860s through the 1880s. Many were given to friends and loved ones, but enterprising photographers also produced images of famous individuals to sell to the collecting-crazed public. Politicians, military officers and celebrities, such as novelist Charles Dickens, were popular subjects.

Artifact

Carte-de-visite (Card photograph)

Date Made

1865-1870

Subject Date

1865-1870

Creators

John & Charles Watkins (Firm : London, England) 

A. Marion & Company 

Place of Creation

United Kingdom, England, London 

Creator Notes

Photographer: John & Charles Watkins, London, England. Card printed by A. Marion & Co., London, England.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

47.7.3

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Albumen process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4.875 in

Width: 2.625 in

Inscriptions

Photographer's imprint on back: JOHN & CHAS. WATKINS / PHOTOGRAPHERS / TO HER MAJESTY / 34 PARLIAMENT ST. / LONDON Below imprint: Published Wholesale only by / A. MARION & Co., 23, Soho Square, London, W.

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