British photographic history

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Carte de Visite

Focussing on all facets of the history of the carte de visite and the photographers that made them in Great Britain and around the world.

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Carte de Visite Photography Resources

Brief History of the Carte de Visite (American Museum of Photography)

Carte de Visite History (Civil War Era)

Cartes de Visite (CDV Collectors) Yahoo group

British and Irish Photography:

Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940


PhotoLondon: Database of 19th Century Photographers 1841-1901

Photographers & Photographic Studios in Derbyshire

Brighton Photographers 1841-1910

Sussex PhotoHistory

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company cdvs

John Jabez Edwin Mayall - biography - bibliography

Southwell Brothers of London

Aaron Vandyke of Liverpool

Marcus Guttenberg

Francis Bedford (1816-1894) Bibliography

Ealing's Victorian Photographic Studios and Photographers

Victorian & Edwardian Photographs - Roger Vaughan Collection


Victorian Professional Photographers in Wales 1850-1925

Glamorgan Photographers

Early Swansea Photography

D. C. Harries - Llandeilo Photographer


History of photography in Edinburgh

Fife Photographers to 1900


National Library of Ireland Photograph Collections

Photographs from the Lafayette Studio

Lawrence Collection

Other countries:

New Zealand

New Zealand Photographers Database (Auckland Library)

Early Otago (New Zealand) Photographers

Early Canterbury (New Zealand) Photographers


French photos and photographers of the 19th century

Database of Dutch CdV Studio Portraits

Euopean Society for the History of Photography


South African Photographers of the 19th Century

North America

Pacific North West and Alaska Photographers

New Jersey Photographers

Directory of Minnesota Photographers

Early St. Louis, Missouri Photographers

Photographers of Ontario


Early West Indies Photographers

PhotoGuide Japan: Photohistory

Nineteenth Century Chinese Photography

Nineteenth Century Korean Photography


Discussion Forum

Backing cards - how widely distributed? 16 Replies

A basic question - I'm still learning about cdvs! I presume photographers would buy in a stock of cards for their prints. But would a Lancashire photographer conceivably buy cards from e.g. Bristol Portrait Company? I seem to have found exactly that…Continue

Started by jo hague. Last reply by PetworthPenthouse Aug 22, 2021.

Rejlander CDV 3 Replies

For a book on Rejlander & Victorian photography I am looking for his CDV photos. I coudn't find any CDV from his studio in Wolverhampton & there very few from his studios in London.  But there should be a lot of them. Maybe you have some CDV…Continue

Started by Bernd Stiegler. Last reply by Bernd Stiegler Feb 4, 2021.

Thomas Carlyle - Carte de visite and the Carlyle family.

First Post:Thank you for allowing be to join.The following links are to 3 lots of photographs and Carte de Visite which…Continue

Started by Jane Brown Jul 17, 2020.

Covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards 11 Replies

Does anyone know if the thin paper covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards had a name, what were they called? Two of the attached are by Percy Lund & Co, Bradford, England.ThanksTonyContinue

Started by Tony Rackstraw. Last reply by Michael Hocken Apr 23, 2019.

Masonic Image 3 Replies

Any information anyone has on these would be great.

Started by John Ashby. Last reply by John S. Rochon Jan 28, 2019.

French Enamelling

Could anyone tell me anything about the French Enamelling process, or point me in the right direction to find out more. See example here.ThanksSteve L…Continue

Started by Steve Lightfoot Jan 10, 2019.

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Comment by KEVIN CASHA on June 25, 2012 at 14:40

Thanks Marcel. In fact know all about those maltese photographers. Although I would be interested to see the one of Mrs Conroy as I have very little on her.

regarding th Ellis collection, that is one of the best and excellently catalogued collection available in Malta. It stretches back a lot and is of particular interest to those interested in pictures associated with the British services and navy in Malta.

Comment by Ron Cosens on June 25, 2012 at 14:39

Manuel. Welcome. What is you main interest in cdv?  I collect UK and especially DATED cdv/cabinet cards.

I have Portuguese cdv by Fillon, Fritz, and Rocchini. Also probably others as well. I also have LOTS from other European countries.  All for swaps (preferably) or for sale. Do contact me on if you are interested. Regards , Ron

Comment by Bob Peyton on June 25, 2012 at 14:28

I have a beautiful album with over a hundres CDV's form England including Queen Victoria and her family. It looks as if they were from 1855 to 1900. I would love to know more about it.Bob Peyton

Comment by Marcel Safier on June 25, 2012 at 14:06

Manuel, Thanks for joining the list. I have just a few Maltese cdvs by these photographers but would have others not yet catalogued:

Formosa Giuseppe Lorenzo, 86 Strada Teatro, Valletta
Mrs Conroy, 56 Strada Stretta,     Valletta
Richard Ellis, 43 Strada Stretta, Valletta

I know about Ellis (for those that don't know his work, Google his name and see stories such as but Ron Cosens and I are interested in British photographers, including those that worked in Malta and Maltese photographers that worked in Great Britain, if you would like to exchange information. Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Manuel Magalhaes on May 22, 2012 at 16:49

I became to be member of this groupe CARTE DE VISITE. I have some cartes de visite from portuguese photographers (and some from other european nationalities) and I go to put some of them "on line" in the groupe.

Comment by James Morley on January 9, 2012 at 15:03

Hi, I just posted on the main discussion a request for information about Ealing photographers, but I now realise it would probably be better placed here.  See and my blog post and example images at

Ron, I was about to drop you an email about this ...!

Comment by Jimmy Leiderman on November 29, 2011 at 23:47

Glad to be here and hope to contribute.

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 28, 2011 at 21:27

Anne McCauley's two books "A.A.E. Disderi and the Carte de Visite Portrait Photograph" from 1985 and "Industrial Madness: Commercial Photography in Paris, 1848-1871" from 1994, both published by Yale Univ Press are excellent resources for carte de visite history.

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 22, 2011 at 13:37

Three of the best websites for regional photographic history in England are Brett Payne's Photographers & Photographic Studios in Derbyshire and Dave Simkin's Brighton Photographers 1841-1910 and Sussex PhotoHistory All three sites feature plenty of carte de visite and cabinet photo scans and details of photographers that made them. Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Marcel Safier on November 21, 2011 at 21:24

A new biography of cdv photographer Aaron Vandyke by Ron Cosens has just been published on line at Aaron was the partner in Vandyke and Brown of Liverpool. The article features 27 scanned examples of cdvs from his studios.


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