Lot 196
Good photo album incl. Victorian Royalty, Nobility

Estimate: $300 - $500

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Camille SILVY,  John MAYALL,  Robert HILLS & John Henry SAUNDERS,  and many others (photographers)].

[VICTORIAN Royalty, Nobility and Celebrities] an album of approx. 225 mounted photographs, mostly cdv-sized portraits, but with some topographical views and reproductions of artwork, originally purchased from Croydon’s Repository of  Arts in Torquay, Devon, England.]. [U.K.: undated but internal evidence suggests that the album was assembled between about 1865 and 1870]. Large quarto (11 5/8 x 9 ¼ inches; 295 x 235mm). Approx. 225 photographs (and two pieces of original artwork), on 66 album pages.

Condition of contents: some waviness to leaves, a few photos with early hand-coloring, a few with surface damage, occasional spotting, some fading, but generally quite good contrast [see images].

Original brown morocco, blocked in gilt and blind, gilt edges (rubbed, scuffed, repair to front inner hinge).

There are approximately 110 portraits, , most CdeV size, but including some larger (up to 5 ½ x 7 inches) and some smaller (ovals down to 1 x ¾ inches), subjects include:

Royalty: Queen Victoria; Queen of Greece; Empress of Austria; Queen of Portugal; Prince Imperial; Princess Dagmar & the Caesarwitch, Alexandra, Princess of Wales; King of the Belgians; Empress of the French; Queen Amelie of France; Prince of Teck; Duke of Cambridge; Duke of Edinburgh; Prince Arthur; Princess Alice;  Princess Louise; Princess Charlotte of Prussia,

Nobility: Lady Susan Vane Tempest, Louisa Dutchess of Manchester, Susanna Dutchess of Roxburghe; Henry 4th Marquis of Hastings; Marchioness of Hastings; Duchesse de Mornay, Dutchess of Sutherland; Lady Diana Beauclerk; Viscount Hamilton; Countess of Dudley.

 “Celebrities”: De Courcy Parkinson; Field Marshal Sir Edward Blakenay ‘aged 96’; ‘An old soldier at Brighton Aged 103’; Sir Augustus Clifford, aged 82; Sir David Brewster; David Livingstone; Adelina Patti; Carlotta Patti; Marion Lee; Ellen Farren; Mabel Gray; Henry Phillpotts, Bishop of Exeter; Sir Richard Mayne; Tom Taylor; Sir John E. Millais; Sir Edwin Landseer; Mrs Scott Siddons; Marietta Piccolomini.

The locations pictured include Torquay, Dartmouth, Canterbury,  Exeter, Monaco, Strasbourg, Coln, Boulogne.

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