'The Duke and Duches of York & Infant Prince', 1894.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A cabinet card photograph of the Duke and Duches of York and their first child, taken at the studio of Gunn & Stuart, Richmond, Surrey, in 1894. The Duke of York - the future King George V (1865-1936) is pictured with the Duches of York - the future Queen Mary (1867-1953) and their first child - later to become King Edward VIII (1894-1972). Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard - about 16cms by 11cms. The front of the card is usually printed or embosed with the photographer's details. The back of the cabinet card is often printed with elaborate designs. Cabinet cards were introduced in the 1860s and gradually superseded the smaller carte de visite format. The popularity of the cabinet card waned around the turn of the century, particularly after the introduction of the photographic postcard, but they were still being produced well into the twentieth century.