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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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Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax65121

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 1866
NPG Ax65121

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax65122

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 1866
NPG Ax65122

Camille Silvy, by Camille Silvy - NPG x196207

Camille Silvy

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1866
NPG x196207


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