Yaqui man from Sonora in Mexico

A Yaqui man from Sonora in Mexico
Anonymous

The Yaqui are an indigenous people of Mexico who inhabit the valley of the Rio Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora and the southwestern United States. They also have communities in Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa.

An inked inscription recto in the lower margin reads: ‘A Yacki Indian (Province) Sonora.’

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: please see scans. The print presents a couple of small imperfections in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition, with good tonal range. The section of album page on which it's mounted is clean, firm and solid.

Dimensions: the print measures 5.8” by 4” (14.8 cm by 10.2 cm) and is mounted on a slightly larger section of cut-down album page.

 


price:  £180
code: cat001
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Woman of Martinique

A woman of Martinique
Hartmann of Martinique (attrib.)

A very fine carte-de-visite portrait of an elderly black woman of Martinique, resplendent in a striped turban, earrings and necklaces. An inked inscription verso in a period hand reads: ‘Type de négresse / Martinique.’

Situated in the Caribbean Sea, the island of Martinique is an overseas department of France.  It is therefore a part of the European Union and its currency today is the euro. Most of Martinique's population is descended from African slaves brought to work on sugar plantations during the colonial era, generally mixed with some French, Amerindian, Indian (Tamil), Lebanese or Chinese elements.

Photographer unidentified, but probably Hartmann of Martinique.

Hippolyte Hartmann was a daguerreotypist who settled on Martinique and sometimes worked in the neighbouring colonies. The business was later taken over by A.H. Hartmann, probably the son of Hippolyte, and he also travelled throughout the Caribbean recording the inhabitants of Suriname, British Guiana, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Haiti.

Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition, as is the mount.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).


price:  £100
code: cat002
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Woman of Jamaica

 

A woman of Jamaica
A. Duperly & Sons of Jamaica

A carte-de-visite portrait of an elderly, bespectacled Jamaican woman wearing a hat and a short, outdoor cloak, seated in a photographer’s studio holding her handbag on her lap.

Photographed by A. Duperly & Sons of Harbour Street, Kingston, Jamaica.

Born in Paris in 1801, Adolphe Duperly was an engraver, lithographer, printer and photographer who settled in Jamaica and later established a photographic studio. He arrived on the island some time before 1831, when he produced a lithograph depicting the Baptist War of that year. Another lithograph in 1838 showed the celebrations held in Kingston to mark full emancipation from slavery. His work provides a visual record of the island’s African-Caribbean people. Around 1841 he established a photographic studio. During the 1840s he published a series of lithographs taken from his own daguerreotypes of Jamaican scenes. After his death in 1865, the studio continued under the management of his eldest son and later that of his grandsons.

Condition: the print presents a few small, peripheral imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount is also in excellent condition, with crisp edges and sharp corners.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).


price:  £200
code: cat003
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Monsieur Allemone of the French Navy

A group portrait showing five men, presumably Europeans, sitting on a veranda at Port-au-Prince in Haiti. According to various inked inscriptions recto and verso, the photograph was taken as a souvenir of a dinner held on the night of 22-23 October 1891. The photographer has also included two local boys in his composition, one of them posed in the act of refilling a glass.

The five men have all signed the mount verso and are also identified by inked captions recto in the lower margin. They are identified recto as de Puybandes, Bobin, Gatti, de Catalogne, and de Lestrade. Their signatures verso also give their initials, so in theory fuller identifications ought to be possible.

An inked inscription in the side margin identifies the photographer as Monsieur Allemone, a French naval officer aboard the ‘Magon.’

Condition: the print is in excellent condition. The mount presents some abrasions verso where it was once affixed to a secondary support but is otherwise clean, firm and solid.

Dimensions: the print measures 5.4” by 7.8” (13.7 cm by 19.9 cm); the mount measures 6.3” by 10.1” (16.1 cm by 25.8 cm).


price:  £80
code: cat004
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Tapada

A woman of Lima
V.L. Richardson of Lima

A carte-de-visite portrait of a tapada limeña [English: hidden woman of Lima], a fashion phenomenon that originated in Seville but may best be understood as an expression of the Peruvian capital’s cultural identity.

Simultaneously demure and coquettish, the women who adopted the primarily street-based fashion embraced its anonymity, which allowed them to engage in flirtations and transgressive intrigues outside the strict restraints of formal society. In practised hands the modest folds of a woollen or cashmere cloak became erotic and provocative, blurring social distinctions and allowing pock-marked hags to behave as seductively as the local belle. Grace and elegance were highly valued, preferably accompanied by a ready wit, while urban myths inevitably arose relating the tale of the husband who unwittingly chatted up his own wife.

Archbishops denounced the custom and the authorities made repeated attempts to ban it on the grounds that it was immoral but the women of Lima remained defiant and the fashion lingered on, a romantic link with the colonial period and an expression of female independence in a male-dominated society. However, by the mid-nineteenth century the tradition was already disappearing. The popularity of the veiled tapada as a subject for local photographers was based largely on a nostalgia for the city’s lost past and a voyeuristic appreciation of her ‘exotic otherness.’

Photographed by Villroy L. Richardson of Lima.

Condition: the print present presents some marks in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range; the mount is clean, firm and solid, with crisp edges and sharp corners.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).


price:  £160
code: cat005
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Fijians

Four portraits of Fijians
F.H. Dufty of Levuka

Four carte-de-visite portraits all showing different Fijians, with inked inscriptions verso in the same period hand identifying the sitters or providing a caption.

The four photographs show: King Epinesa Cakobau of Fiji (not captioned but easily recognisable); Tui Mousei [sic] and attendant; Loma Loma Natives; and ‘Daughters of the King.’

The Fijian chief and warlord King Epinesa Cakobau (1815-1883) was the self-proclaimed ‘King of Fiji.’ In fact he was only one warlord among many and his domination was in one limited area in Western Fiji. 

‘Tui Mousei’ is a misspelling for ‘Tui Namosi’ which is a chiefly title held by the paramount chief of Namosi Province on the main island of Viti Levu, Fiji. The man seen here is elsewhere identified as a ‘Kai Colo,’ meaning ‘mountain warrior.’ Both men are wearing the ‘ulumate’ (literally: dead head), a huge wig of human hair for which the men of the hill tribes were famous.

Lomaloma is a district on the Fiji island of Vanua Balavu, one of the islands in Fiji's Lau archipelago. The first modern town in Fiji, it also acted as a key port of call between Tonga and Viti Levu. 

The two women seen in the lower left-hand portrait are daughters of King Epinesa Cakobau. Adi Arieta Kuila (died 27 January 1881) is seated, wearing a white smock and skirt. Her younger sister Adi Kakua is standing on the right, holding a posy of flowers.

Photographed by F. H. Dufty of Levuka, on the island of Ovalau [Fiji].

Francis (‘Frank’) Herbert Dufty arrived in Levuka from the colony of Victoria [Australia] in early 1871. Over the next 16 years, he first established and then expanded a successful studio on the island, producing many portraits and landscape photographs.

Condition: the print of King Epinesa Cakobau presents some black marks in the area of the background; the print of his two daughters presents some smaller but less peripheral black flecks; the other two prints are in good condition. All four mounts are clean, firm and solid, with crisp edges and sharp corners.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).


price:  £400
code: cat006
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In a Japanese dining room

 

In a Japanese dining room
Kusakabe Kimbei (attr.)

A delicately hand-coloured albumen print showing five Japanese girls enjoying a meal together, seated on the floor in a traditional Japanese interior.

Photographed by Kusakabe Kimbei (attr.)

Photographer’s number and title (‘P 40 Dinning [sic] Room’) in the negative.

Born in Kofu (Yamanashi) into a family of textile merchants, Kusakabe Kimbei (1841-1934) moved to Yokohama in 1859 at the age of eighteen, where it seems he worked as colourist and then an assistant for both Baron von Stillfried and Felice Beato. In 1881 opened his own studio, first in the Bentendori district of Yokohama, moving to the Honmachi district in 1889.  He also opened a branch in the Ginza district of Tokyo.

Around 1885 Kimbei acquired many of the negatives of his former teachers Beato and von Stillfried, adding the images to his own catalogue. Research has shown that he also did the same with the negatives of Uchida Kuichi and the views attributed to Adolfo Farsari, reprinting the images and including them along with his own work in souvenir albums with ornate, lacquered covers.

Kimbei’s images combined the aesthetics of traditional woodblock prints with delicate hand-colouring, in severely composed photographs which proved enormously popular with tourists and the export market. Although Beato and Stillfried’s work remained resolutely European in character, Kimbei – despite using similar techniques of staging his photographs – often achieved more authentically Japanese scenes, both in his groups and particularly in his landscapes.

Kimbei ceased operating around 1913, turning to Japanese painting in his later years. He died in 1934.

Condition: the print is in excellent condition; it is mounted on a cut-down section of album page that has been neatly separated from its reverse by a professional conservator. 

Dimensions: the print measures 8.1” by 10.6” (20.5 cm by 26.9 cm).


price:  £120
code: cat007
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Japan's first beauty contest

A contestant in Japan’s first beauty contest

Kazumasa Ogawa

A delicately hand-coloured albumen print showing one of the contestants in the 1891 Geisha competition held at the Ryounkaku, Tokyo.

Each of the 100 contestants in the competition was photographed against the same studio backdrop, with only slight alterations to the props. All the girls held a fan painted with the characters Ryounkaku, and the inscription is repeated on a folding fan in the background.

The series of portraits was commissioned to photograph all of the contestants in the competition, which was held to mark the opening of the Ryounkaku, better known as the Twelve-Storey Tower, a landmark building in Asakusa. The Geisha came from the major pleasure quarters of Tokyo, including Shimbashi and Yoshiwara. Visitors were encouraged to vote on their particular favourite, with prizes awarded to the five most popular girls. The winner was the nineteen-year-old O-Tama who attracted the patronage of an anonymous admirer who paid for her release from the Tamagawaya Geisha house in Shimbashi.

The event proved such a success that another contest was held in December of the following year.

Photographed by Kazumasa Ogawa (1860-1929), who opened a studio in Tokyo in 1884, and in 1888 started Japan's first collotype printing business. Original photographs from the Ogawa studio are rare, since most of the photographer’s time and effort were devoted to his successful collotype work.

Numbered 19 in the negative.

Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition; the delicate hand-colouring is similarly in excellent condition.

Dimensions: the print measures 10.2” by 8.2” (260 mm by 208 mm) and is mounted on a slightly larger, cut-down section of an album page, which as been neatly split from its reverse.

 


price:  £450
code: cat008
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A Japanese actor

A Japanese actor
Anonymous

An albumen print portrait of a Japanese actor dressed as a Samurai.

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: please see scans. Apart from a few small, peripheral imperfections, the print is in excellent condition, with good tonal range.

Dimensions: the print measures 5.3” by 4.1”(13.5 cm by 10.2 cm).

 


price:  £90
code: cat009
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Singhalese dancers

 

Sinhalese dancers
Anonymous

A cabinet card showing a large group of Sinhalese dancers and performers. 

The photograph might have been taken in Ceylon [modern day Sri Lanka] or it is possible that these performers were appearing at one of the world’s fairs held in Europe in the late nineteenth century. In addition to these international expositions, there were also individual promoters who managed shows that moved around Europe. John and Carl Hagenbeck operated the largest of these touring companies but there were many other smaller enterprises too.

Condition: the print is in excellent condition, with particularly good tonal range; the mount is clean, firm and solid.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard cabinet card are 6.5” x 4.25” (16.5 cm x 10.75 cm). 


price:  £140
code: cat010
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Kandyan chiefs

 

Kandyan chiefs
Skeen and Co of Ceylon (attrib.)

An albumen print portrait of Kandyan chiefs dating from the mid-1870s. An inked inscription in a period hand in the lower margin reads ‘Group of Kandian Chiefs.’

Photographed by either Skeen and Co of Ceylon or Scowan and Co of Ceylon.

Dimensions: the print measures 8.4" by 11.1" (21.5 cm by 28.2 cm) and is mounted on a larger album page of firm, stiff paper.

Condition: the print presents a few small marks in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition. The album page presents a small amount of faint foxing in one margin but is otherwise crisp and clean.

 


price:  £250
code: cat011
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Lepcha people

Three men of the Lepcha or Rong people of Sikkim, northeast India 
Anonymous

An albumen print showing a group of men identified as ‘Lepchas’ by an inked inscription in a period hand in the lower margin.

The Lepcha are the aboriginal inhabitants of present day Sikkim, a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. Many Lepcha are also found in western and southwestern Bhutan, eastern Nepal, and even the hills of West Bengal. They are also known as the Rong, Rongke or Rongpa. Their origins are obscure but since they speak a Tibeto-Burman language, some anthropologists suggest they originally migrated from Tibet.

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: the print is in excellent condition, with good tonal range; the mount presents a small amount of foxing in its margins.

Dimensions: the print measures 9” by 6.6” (22.8 cm by 16.7 cm) and is mounted on a cut-down section of album page that has been neatly split from its reverse by a professional conservator.


price:  £175
code: cat012
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Pashtun soldiers in Afghanistan

 

Pashtun soldiers in Afghanistan
Anonymous

A slightly glossy silver gelatin print on printing out paper showing a group of nine heavily armed Pashtun soldiers in Afghanistan.

A pencilled inscription verso in a period hand reads: ‘No 2 / Afghan Group / Series.’

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: the print presents a slight loss of tone towards its right-hand edge but is otherwise in excellent condition, with good tonal range. That small hairline you can see at the lower edge is a part of the image, not a tear. 

Dimensions: the print measures 5.9” by 8.1” (15 cm by 20.5 cm).

 


price:  £140
code: cat013
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Revolutionaries of Ukraine

 

Russian revolutionaries
N.Z. Dinaburga of Hadiach

A cabinet card portrait of three young Russians reading a newspaper. The newspaper's name may be transliterated as 'Tovarishch,’ a word that is usually translated as 'Comrade.’ Presumably its bias was Bolshevik or Marxist and the three people posing with it were revolutionaries.

Photographed by N.Z. Dinaburga of Hadiach (sometimes spelled Hadyach, Gadyach, Gadiach, or Hadziacz) in the central-eastern part of Ukraine.

Condition: the print presents some small marks and imperfections but is otherwise in reasonably good condition, with excellent tonal range. The mount presents some edge and corner wear some foxing and general grubbiness.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard cabinet card are approx. 6.5” x 4.25” (16.5 cm x 10.75 cm).


price:  £200
code: cat014
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Zulu warriors

 

Zulu warriors
Anonymous

An unmounted albumen print portrait of three Zulu warriors.

Photographer possibly identified by the initials ‘H-P. E’ printed in the negative along the lower edge of the image.

Dimensions: the print measures 5.4” by 7.9” (13.5cm by 20 cm).

Condition: apart from a few small nicks at the edges, the print is in very good condition. 


price:  £100
code: cat015
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'Queen Marwe' of the Matabele

‘Queen Marwe’
W. Rausch of Bulawayo

A silver gelatin print portrait of a Matabele (Ndebele) woman identified in the negative as ‘Queen Marwe,’ more correctly known as Mahwe Ndiweni. She was one of the wives of Lobengula Khumalo, the last king of the Northern Ndebele people, historically called the Matabele in English. She was a daughter of Mletje, induna of Ujinga and sister of induna Nkomo of Ujinga. Mahwe had no children. (See Lozikeyi Dlodlo: Queen of the Ndebele by Marieke Faber Clarke and Pathisa Nyathi, 2010).

Photographed by W. Rausch of Bulawayo.

By the middle of the 1890s, the photographer W. Rausch had established a studio in Bulawayo on Abercorn Street opposite the Bank of Africa, where, according to advertisements he placed in local newspapers, ‘All kinds of photographic work undertaken – groups photographed in town or country’ (Bulawayo Sketch, 21 November 1896). He also offered for sale ‘native’ portraits, photographic Christmas cards, and albums depicting the principal streets and buildings of Bulawayo.

Dimensions: the print measures 8” by 5.8” (20.5 cm by 14.7 cm) and is mounted on a slightly larger piece of cut-down album page that has been neatly separated from its reverse side by a professional conservator.

Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. 


price:  £150
code: cat016
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Giulia Grisi

 

Building the railway in Mozambique
Anonymous

Two albumen prints showing a large group of workers building the railway in Mozambique, which when these photographs were taken in the 1870s or 1880s was a Portuguese colony, though areas were contested by the British. In 1889, another dispute arose between Portugal and the United Kingdom over the Portuguese seizure of the railway running from the bay to the Transvaal. This dispute was also referred to arbitration and in 1900 Portugal was found liable and ordered to pay nearly £1,000,000 in compensation to the railway company's shareholders

A pencilled inscription in one margin reads ‘Delagoa Bay.’ A pencilled inscription in the other margin reads ‘Delagoa Bay, Railway Workers.’ Now called Maputo Bay, the inlet is the location of the island’s capital, Maputo

Condition: one print presents a loss of tone along its lower edge; the other print presents some dark, underdeveloped areas at its left and right edges. The two prints are mounted recto and verso on the same album page. The page is slightly warped and presents some pale foxing in its margins.

Dimensions: the print showing the group of workers measures 5.4” by 7.9” (13.7 cm by 20.1 cm); the print showing the railway line measures 5.3” by 8.1” (13.4 cm by 20.6 cm). The page measures 7.3” by 9” (18.7 cm by 23 cm).


price:  £120
code: cat017
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The Qasr El Nil Bridge in Cairo

 

The Qasr El Nil Bridge in Egypt
Pascal Sébah of Cairo

A large, unmounted albumen print showing a view of the Qasr El Nil Bridge (also commonly spelled Kasr El Nil Bridge) in central Cairo.

Built between 1869 and 1871 by Linant de Bellefonds (often called Linant Pasha), chief engineer of Egypt’s public works, it connected Tahrir Square on the east bank of the city to Gezira Island. Four large bronze statues of lions by the French sculptor Henri Alfred Jacquemart were placed at the eastern and western approaches to the bridge in the late nineteenth century. The lions are still there today although the bridge was replaced in 1931-33.

Photographed by Pascal Sébah of Cairo.

Of Syrian origins, Pascal Sébah (1823-1886) opened a studio in Constantinople in 1857.  In 1860 he secured the collaboration of the French photographer A. Laroche to direct his studio. In 1873 he established a studio in Cairo, located near Shepherd’s Hotel. Pascal Sébah suffered a stroke in 1883, and his brother Cosmi took charge of the business until Jean (1872-1947), Pascal’s son, was old enough to inherit it.

Jean grew up to become a talented photographer in his own right, but to profit from his father’s fame, he signed his photographs ‘J. Pascal Sebah.’ In 1888 he went into partnership with a French photographer resident in Istanbul, Polycarpe Joillier. The firm of Sébah and Joillier were appointed the official photographers of the Sultan, and at his command took photographs all over the Ottoman empire. After Joillier’s return to Paris, Jean Sébah sold the business in 1908.

Condition: the print presents a small amount of faint foxing in the sky but is otherwise in good condition, with excellent tonal range.

Dimensions: the print measures 10.5” by 13.9” (26.8 cm by 35.5 cm).

 


price:  £100
code: cat018
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Anonymous

An unmounted albumen print showing a view of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The church is divided between various communities, with the Greek Orthodox Church having the largest share.  Other primary custodians are the Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, and Roman Catholic Churches. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox Churches acquired lesser responsibilities, which include shrines and other structures within and around the building. Times and places of worship for each community are strictly regulated in common areas.

The ladder that is propped up against the upper right-hand window is still there today. There is a disagreement about moving it since the doors and windows of the church are defined as common ground. It has been there since at least 1852.

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: please see scans. The print shows a very small amount of edge wear and a shallow diagonal crease at one corner but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. 

Dimensions: the print measures 10.9” by 8.6” (27.7 cm by 21.8 cm).


price:  £50
code: cat019
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Catacombe dei Cappuccini

 

The Capuchin catacombs in Sicily
Giuseppe Incorpora of Palermo

An unmounted albumen print showing the robed skeletons of some former Capuchin monks in the catacombs beneath their monastery at Palermo in Sicily.

When the monastery outgrew its original cemetery in the 16th century, the monks began to excavate crypts to accommodate their dead brethren. In 1599 they mummified one of the recently deceased brothers and soon mummification became their standard practice. The bodies were dehydrated on racks of ceramic pipes and sometimes later washed with vinegar. Some of the bodies were embalmed and others enclosed in sealed glass cabinets. They were usually dressed in their everyday clothing. Originally the catacombs were only intended for dead monks but local people, at least those who could afford the privilege, were later also accommodated. The last burials were in the 1920s. Today the catacombs contain about 8000 corpses and 1252 mummies.

Photographed by Giuseppe Incorpora of Palermo.

Guiseppe Incorpora (1834-1914) established a studio in Palermo in or about 1860 and over the following fifty years produced a prodigious number of photographs, which included portraits, genre studies, landscapes and views of the island’s Baroque architecture. His output was prolific and he may be considered as the Southern Italian counterpart to the Alinari family in Florence, who dominated the field of photography in Northern Italy during the same period. After his death in 1914 his sons Salvatore, Giovanni and Francesco continued the business. Much of the studio’s archive was destroyed by an American bombing raid on 9 May 1943.

Condition: the print is in excellent condition, with rich and satisfying tones.

Dimensions: the print measures 7.8” by 10.2” (19.7 cm by 25.7 cm).


price:  £250
code: cat020
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Un lazzarone

A Neapolitan idler
Anonymous

A hand-coloured carte-de-visite portrait of a bare-footed Neapolitan man taking it easy in a wicker basket propped up against a stone wall. An inked inscription in the lower margin reads: ‘Naples un lazzarone.’

A 'lazzarone' was any of the poorer class of homeless idlers of Naples who lived by chance work or begging. Such figures were once common on the streets of Naples.

In 1812 Stendhal wrote in his journal: ‘Pensez-vous donc que le métier de lazzarone soit un métier d'honnête homme? − Il n'y en a pas de plus honnête; on n'est ni maître ni valet; on ne dépend que de soi; on ne travaille que lorsqu'il y a urgence, et il n'y a jamais urgence, tant qu'on a un bon soleil.’ [English: ‘Do you think that the job of lazzarone is the profession of an honest man? There is none more honest; one is neither master nor valet; one has only oneself to think of; one need only work when urgency requires and there is never any urgency while the sun is shining’].

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition and the hand-colouring, which is fresh and unfaded, is very well-executed. The mount is clean, firm and solid.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approximately 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).


price:  £50
code: cat027
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A scribe and his client

A scribe and his client
Giorgio Conrad of Naples

A carte-de-visite showing a scribe and his client seated at a wooden table in the shade of a large umbrella. A sign hanging from the front of the table reads ‘Si traduce il francese’ [English: ‘French translated here’].

Even to this day, in societies with low literacy rates street-corner letter-writers and readers may be found offering the same service.

Photographed by Giorgio Conrad of Naples.

Condition: both the print and the mount are in excellent condition. 

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approximately 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).


price:  £50
code: cat028
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Views of Florence

 

Two views of Florence
Anonymous

Two unmounted albumen prints, each showing a view of Florence [Italian: Firenze].

The first shows the Loggia dei Lanzi on the Piazza della Signoria, with carriages waiting in the foreground. ‘The Rape of the Sabines’ by Jean de Boulogne and ‘Perseus with the Head of Medusa’ by Cellini can be seen under the Loggia. Between them stands the much restored Roman sculpture ‘Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus,’ also called ‘Achilles supporting the body of Ajax,’ which has since been moved to a less prominent position behind Cellini’s Perseus.

Dimensions: the print measures 9.6” by 7.1” (24.4 cm by 18.1 cm). An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the location as the ‘Loggia d’Orgagna’ [sic]. The structure is also sometimes called the Loggia d’Orcagna, because it was once thought to have been designed by that artist, and the Loggia della Signoria, after the square it faces.

The second photograph is a view of the Uffizi gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio, with Brunelleschi’s dome on the city’s cathedral in the middle distance.

Dimensions: print measures 9.5” by 7.3” (24.2 cm by 18.6 vm) and is in excellent condition, with very good tonal range.  An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the location.

Photographer(s) unidentified.

Condition: both prints are in excellent condition, with very good tonal range.


price:  £30
code: cat023
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Carthusian monks in Florence

Carthusian monks in Florence
Fratelli Alinari

An unmounted albumen print showing Carthusian monks drawing water from a well at a monastery in Florence [Italian: Firenze] in Italy.

A caption printed in a band along the lower edge of the image, not shown in the scan, reads: ‘Firenze – Certosa, Il pozzo nel chiostro’ [English: Florence – Charterhouse, the well in the cloister’].

Photographed by Fratelli Alinari of Florence. There is a blindstamp near the lower right-hand corner but it doesn’t really show up in the scan; it’s just visible in a raking light and very clearly visible from the back of the print.

Leopoldo Alinari founded the studio in 1852. He was joined in the business two years later by his brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo. The brothers quickly achieved recognition for the quality of their work and by 1860 they included members of the royal family among their clients. Today, it is the oldest foundation in the world still active in the field of photography and the studio’s archives contain some five and a half million images.

Condition: the print presents some faint foxing near its upper edge, where there is also a small amount of handling wear; it is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range.

Dimensions: the print measures 10.1” by 7.2” (25.6 cm by 18.3 cm).


price:  £45
code: cat024
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Venice

 

Venetian gondoliers
Carlo Ponti of Venice

A cabinet card showing a view of Venice, looking towards the Doge’s Palace and the campanile, with a gondola in the foreground.

Photographed by Carlo Ponti of Venice.

Carlo Ponti studied photography in Paris in the 1840s. In 1852 he obtained a license to produce and sell photographs in Venice. He ran the first of the big photographic studios in the city, producing albums with architectural views of great artistic sensitivity. He was also the inventor of camera lenses suitable for panoramic photography.

Condition: please see scans. The print presents some very faint foxing in the area of the sky but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount presents a few small imperfections recto in its margins but is otherwise also in excellent condition.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard cabinet card are 6.5” x 4.25” (16.5 cm x 10.75 cm). 


price:  £30
code: cat025
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A street in Marseille

 

A street in Marseille
Anonymous

A very lively street scene showing a boulevard in Marseille in the mid-1880s. The image is filled with pedestrians, horse-drawn traffic and an inordinate amount of signage appertaining to a wide variety of different businesses, including hotels, cafés, shops and hairdressers.

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: the print presents a small amount of faint foxing in the area of the sky and two or three small indentations in the area near the lamppost on the left; it is otherwise in very good condition, with excellent tonal range.

Dimensions: the print measures 8.2” by 10.8” (20.8 cm by 27.5 cm). It is mounted on a slightly larger album page. The other side of the page carries a similarly sized view of shipping at Port Said in Egypt by Hippolyte Arnoux.


price:  £40
code: cat026
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World's Fair in Paris

 

Rickshaws and drivers at a World’s Fair in Paris
R. Girard of Paris

A cabinet card showing a European man seated in a rickshaw drawn by an Asian rickshaw driver wearing a traditional Asian conical hat. Another rickshaw driver and his vehicle are standing alongside, while in the background several European men can be seen watching from the far side of a fence.

The setting is probably one of the World’s Fairs or Expositions held in Paris in the latter part of the nineteenth century, many of which included an indigenous ‘village’ of some kind. Given the context, I think the two Asian men are more like to hail from a French colony than from China, although the Exposition Universelle of 1867 did including an enormously popular ‘Chinese Garden’ where two Chinese ladies served tea.

The Exposition Universelle of 1889 presented one of the largest of these attractions. The Village Nègre displayed over four hundred indigenous people from various French colonies, including Arabs, Kanaks from New Caledonia, as well as inhabitants of Gabon, Senegal, the Congo (as it was then known) and Java. During the six months it was open, the exhibition drew some 28 million visitors.

Photographed by R. Girard of Paris.

Condition: the print is in fine condition, with good tonal range; the mount presents one slightly soft corner and a few marks verso but is otherwise also in excellent condition.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard cabinet card are 6.5” x 4.25” (16.5 cm x 10.75 cm).


price:  £60
code: cat029
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Dieppe

 

The quay at Dieppe
Anonymous

An albumen print showing a view of a quay at Dieppe, with a train on the left and a passenger boat on the right, as well as numerous people on the quayside.

Undated but taken around 1900, I think.

Photographer unidentified.

Condition: please see scans. The print presents a few small imperfections but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range.

Dimensions: the print measures 4.7” by 7.3” (12 cm by 18.5 cm).


price:  £30
code: cat030
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Two men in Norway

Two men in Norway
Wennberg of Tromsö

A cabinet card portrait of two men wearing the traditional fur costumes of the Sami (historically known as Lapps or Laplanders).

Photographed by Wennberg of Tromsö in Norway.

Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections but is otherwise in very good condition; the mount is in excellent condition.

Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard cabinet card are 6.5” x 4.25” (16.5 cm x 10.75 cm). 


price:  £20
code: cat032
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