Search the Collection

Camille Silvy

(1834-1910), Photographer

Sitter in 24 portraits
Artist associated with 9076 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.

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

'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

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

Camille Silvy with a boy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, August 1859
NPG Ax50057

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax50058

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, May 1860
NPG Ax50058

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax51763

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 6 March 1861
NPG Ax51763

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax54694

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 2 July 1861
NPG Ax54694

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax55532

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 20 August 1861
NPG Ax55532

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax55521

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 20 August 1861
NPG Ax55521

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax55520

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 20 August 1861
NPG Ax55520

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax58975

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, circa 1862
NPG Ax58975

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax58976

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, circa 1862
NPG Ax58976

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax59247

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, circa 1862
NPG Ax59247

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax57340

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 2 April 1862
NPG Ax57340

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax60444

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy, after Unknown artist
albumen print, 18 July 1862
NPG Ax60444

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax62745

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 23 April 1863
NPG Ax62745

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax64307

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 30 May 1865
NPG Ax64307

Category

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.