Search the Collection

Disdéri (1819-1889), Photographer

Artist associated with 206 portraits
Born in France in 1819, Disderi was responsible for the introduction and popularisation of the carte-de-visite sized photograph in France. Cartes-de-visite were smaller, cheaper portrait photographs which were, therefore, more readily available for public consumption. The images were often mounted on card and exchanged with friends as 'calling cards'. In 1854, Disderi opened the biggest and grandest portrait studio in Paris. He was tremendously successful throughout the 1850s and 1860s. Indeed, it was rumoured that Napoleon III had halted his troops in front of the studio as they departed for war in 1859 so that he might have his likeness captured. Disderi died in 1889.

List Thumbnail

x26176

Trevor Chichele Plowden

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, 1850s
NPG x26176

x137146

Louis Lucien Bonaparte

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1850s
NPG x137146

Ax46255

François Pierre Guillaume Guizot

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s
NPG Ax46255

x19956

Giulia Grisi

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s-early 1860s
NPG x19956

Ax46761

Eugénie, Empress of France ('Eugénie de Montijo')

by Disdéri
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1858
NPG Ax46761

x17109

Napoléon III, Emperor of France

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x17109

x17110

Napoléon III, Emperor of France

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1859
NPG x17110

Ax16404

Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax16404

Ax16439

George Vane-Tempest, 5th Marquess of Londonderry

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax16439

Ax30358

Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG Ax30358

Ax30359

Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1860
NPG Ax30359

Ax17185

Rosa Bonheur

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17185

Place