Hi, just joined.
I am compiling an index, with photos, to the CDVs published by Rock & Co and J Simmons & Co, both of London. These designs were all comic or satirical, poking fun at the CDV craze of the period.
I have identified that there could be around 400 different designs in total, and, from my own small collection along with the assistance of a private collector, the Universities of Yale and Edinburgh, the V&A, and the Barnstaple Museum, have traced images of around 70% of these designs.
This index will be an appendix to my rewrite of an open access research report on the illustrative output of Thomas Onwhyn (c1811-1886). It is now thought that he was responsible for the design and/or engraving of all the designs sought.
I have uploaded a pdf with 4 sample CDVs (2 from each publisher) and I would now like to hear from any collector who may have some of these cartes in their collection.
Please accept my apologies if this appeal reaches you by several routes and I am posting on several different forums, sites and groups.
I can be contacted by response to the post or by email grahamtitley at hotmail dot com.
Many thanks for reading and here's hoping!