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Camille Silvy

(1834-1910), Photographer

Sitter in 24 portraits
Artist associated with 6083 portraits
Coming from a French aristocratic background, Silvy established himself as one of the leading portrait photographers in London. He moved to London in 1859 and bought Caldesi and Montecchi's studio on Porchester Terrace, which became renowned for its tasteful furnishings. Except for Queen Victoria, he photographed all of the Royal Family and most of the British aristocracy. By 1864, aged twenty-six, he had forty employees. He kept daybooks with the details of each sitter, the date, and a file print, and these are now in the National Portrait Gallery's archives. Silvy published his portraits as The Beauties of England. In 1868 he retired due to ill health, and returned to France.

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Harriet Martineau, by Camille Silvy - NPG P33

Harriet Martineau

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 1 March 1861
NPG P33

'Reproduction by order of Mr. Balzac' (Honoré de Balzac), by Camille Silvy, after a daguerreotype by  Louis Auguste Bisson - NPG Ax58909

'Reproduction by order of Mr. Balzac' (Honoré de Balzac)

by Camille Silvy, after a daguerreotype by Louis Auguste Bisson
albumen print, circa 1862 (1842)
NPG Ax58909

'Reproduction from a photographic portrait of Mr. C. Silvy', by Camille Silvy, after  Unknown photographer - NPG Ax59139

'Reproduction from a photographic portrait of Mr. C. Silvy'

by Camille Silvy, after Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1862 (circa 1853)
NPG Ax59139

Adeline Cottrell in 'The Maid and the Magpie', by Camille Silvy - NPG x6898

Adeline Cottrell in 'The Maid and the Magpie'

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1858
NPG x6898

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill), by Camille Silvy - NPG x22077

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill)

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x22077

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill), by Camille Silvy - NPG x22076

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill)

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x22076

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill), after Camille Silvy - NPG x22081

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill)

after Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x22081

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill), after Camille Silvy - NPG x22080

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill)

after Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x22080

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill), after Camille Silvy - NPG x197151

(Thomas) Frederick Robson (né Brownbill)

after Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x197151

Robert Keeley, by Camille Silvy - NPG x196205

Robert Keeley

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 1859
NPG x196205

Camille Silvy with a boy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax50057

Camille Silvy with a boy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, August 1859
NPG Ax50057

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax29683

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG Ax29683

William Drogo Montagu, 7th Duke of Manchester, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax29653

William Drogo Montagu, 7th Duke of Manchester

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG Ax29653

Robert Jocelyn, 3rd Earl of Roden, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax29961

Robert Jocelyn, 3rd Earl of Roden

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG Ax29961

Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax30371

Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860
NPG Ax30371

Pietro Mongini, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax25065

Pietro Mongini

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax25065

Sir Charles William Dunbar Staveley, by Camille Silvy - NPG x38986

Sir Charles William Dunbar Staveley

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x38986

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