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A collection of CDVs put together around 1865 by Prof FC Sumichrast

F C Sumichrast Historical Background

F C Sumichrast, was an Academic, writer and translator from French to English who was a professor of languages at Edinburgh University in the late 1860s and by 1888 he has moved on to America and is working at Harvard University and has become a Professor at Harvard by 1896

 F C Sumichrast went on to be a well respected translator of the works of Theophile Gautier and Victor Hugo but is also known for his own works including “The Making of America”. He was president of “The Victorian Society in Harvard and established his reputation as an academic and writer there. He is listed in “Who was who in American History”.

 He stayed at Harvard until 1911 when he move back to England and lived in Ealing from 1912-1932

He died in 1933 aged 88, he had no children.

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At 21:47 on January 20, 2013, Terence Pepper said…

Thank you for sharing your fascinating collection of cdv images on this site..some of tge details of identification are quite brief..are you researching the names more thoroughly..you will see several images on the National Portrait Gallery site with their full names and dates

it would be good to make some minor spelling corrections such as for the Sculptor MAROCHETTI, novelist ELIZABETH GASKELLwriter EDWAR, BULWER LYTTON etc..Museums are allowed to give valuations but most auction houses can..and there RE USUALLY SEVERAL 1000 CDVS ON EBAY ALL THE TIME..CDVS OF WELL KNOWN PEOPLE tend to sell better than for anonymous subjects but part iof the value of your collection is the sum parts rather than the individual items..all quite fascinating!!

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Collection Sumichrast Edinburgh c1865

I have recently uncovered in the loft, a box containing about 2500 CDV cards c1860-1870, the majority of which are Art History images from all the major European and British collections of around 1865. These images are organised according to country artist and school of art with printed and embossed dividers for each section. The rest of the cards are portraits including images of celebrities, artists, politicians, nobility, European royalty and American civil war generals. The third type…

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