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(1819-1889), Photographer

Artist associated with 220 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.

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Louis Lucien Bonaparte, by Disdéri - NPG x137146

Louis Lucien Bonaparte

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

Giulia Grisi, by Disdéri - NPG x19956

Giulia Grisi

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

Eugénie, Empress of France, by Disdéri - NPG Ax46761

Eugénie, Empress of France

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



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