André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (French, Paris 1819–1889 Paris)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
20.0 x 23.2 cm (7 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995
Not on view
Disdéri popularized the system by which eight exposures could be made on one glass negative, printed in a single operation, and then cut and glued to visiting-card-size mounts. By the late 1850s, collecting and exchanging such cartes-de-visite was immensely popular. Although millions of these portraits were produced, this uncut sheet from Disdéri's archive is a rare illustration of the eight-in-one technique, of Second Empire posing, and of the public and private roles of the carte-de-visite. For his series of cartes, Prince Lobkowitz first posed surrounded by studio props in top hat and frock coat, then, in the eighth frame, against a plain backdrop in less formal attire.
Inscription: Inscribed in the negative with the artist's stock number; Labed affixed to album page inscribed with the name of the subject.
Disdéri Studio; General Rebora; Maurice Levert; M. & Mme. du Passage; Peschetau-Badin, Godeau et Leroy salte (Drouot, Paris, Jan. 28, 1995, lot 148); Charles Isaacs
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