A carte-de-visite of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), taken by an unknown photographer in about 1858.
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This young woman gazing out sultrily at the camera is probably an American actress. In Victorian albums Carte-de-visites of celebrities, politicians and Royalty would sit next to photographs of family and friends. 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.