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Camille Silvy

(1834-1910), Photographer

Sitter in 24 portraits
Artist associated with 10154 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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Violet Katharine West (née Campbell)

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 8 April 1861
NPG Ax129071

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Katherine Isabella Grant-Suttie

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 2 July 1861
NPG Ax129074

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Henry Brougham Loch, 1st Baron Loch

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 11 March 1861
NPG Ax129114

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Charlotte Frances Frederica Spencer (née Seymour), Countess Spencer

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 19 March 1861
NPG Ax129151

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Thomas Nettleship Staley

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 23 May 1862
NPG Ax9645

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Thomas Nettleship Staley

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 23 May 1862
NPG Ax9646

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Sir Thomas Watson, 1st Bt

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 July 1862
NPG Ax9791

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Margaret Catherine Watson

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 July 1862
NPG Ax9786

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Mary Antrobus (née Adam)

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 13 August 1862
NPG Ax128992

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Miss Compton

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 6 March 1863
NPG Ax129031

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James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 17 February 1863
NPG Ax129084

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Elizabeth (née Grosvenor), Lady Wenlock

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 4 July 1865
NPG Ax9847

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Zennou ('Jenny') Mavrogordato (née Schilizzi)

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 9 March 1865
NPG Ax64094

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