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This came from a British album recently purchased in Derbyshire, containing hundreds of erotic albumen prints of paintings and sculptures, all female nudes. This was the only "from life' print, save for some later "Zulu" Nude photos.
I can imagine a Gentleman in his grand country house keeping this in a locked drawer in the library, for his own perusal!
A lovely photo, I think, especially with the crown and cross necklace. The seller thought that 'Octavie' may be a sly, almost anagram of "Victoria". I'm not so sure, My thought was a classic Greek or Roman allegory, but then the cross makes no sense. I haven't figured out the name Octavie...
I believe it to be 1860's-70's, but have not found a similar image from either England or France. It seems to my eye to be too stiff and formal to be a French nude.
I rely on the wealth of knowledge here to help with conjectures...
Many thanks in advance,
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