Victoria stands rather coyly in profile. She is not yet dressed in mourning for her husband, Prince Albert (1819-1861), who died of typhoid in December 1861. A carte-de-visite is a photograph mounted on a piece of card the size of a formal visiting card of the 1850s - hence the name. The format was introduced by the French photographer Andre-Adolphe-Eugene Disdéri (1819-1889) in 1854. This photograph is from the collection of the Royal Photographic Society.
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