Four young women, c 1865.
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A page from a Victorian photograph album mounted with carte-de-visite portraits of four young women, probably members of European royal families, including the Princess of Denmark (top right), taken by various photographers, including Mayall and Southwell. 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 Disderi (1819-1889) in 1854. As well as family portraits, commercial cartes of celebrities such as politicians, royalty and popular personalities were published.