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'Upwards of five hundred photographic portraits of the most celebrated personages of the age'

3 of 7 portraits of Pope Pius IX (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti)

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'Upwards of five hundred photographic portraits of the most celebrated personages of the age'

by Frederick Holland Mares, after Disdéri, and Camille Silvy, and Duroni & Murer, and Émile Desmaisons, and John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and Herbert Watkins, and William Edward Kilburn, and Horatio Nelson King, and John & Charles Watkins, and James
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
3 7/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (98 mm x 62 mm) overall
acquired Mr & Mrs Gill
Photographs Collection
NPG x139661

Artistsback to top

  • Ashford Brothers & Co, Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 14 portraits.
  • Émile Desmaisons (1812-1880), Lithographer. Artist or producer associated with 27 portraits.
  • Disdéri (1819-1889), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 220 portraits.
  • Duroni & Murer (active 1860s), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 5 portraits.
  • William Edward Kilburn (1818-1891), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 70 portraits.
  • Horatio Nelson King (1828-1905), Photographer, dealer and stationer. Artist or producer associated with 53 portraits.
  • Frederick Holland Mares, Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 507 portraits.
  • James Mudd (1821-1906), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 12 portraits.
  • Camille Silvy (1834-1910), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 13468 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
  • Unknown photographers, Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 20 portraits.
  • (George) Herbert Watkins (1828-1916), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 260 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • John & Charles Watkins (active 1863-1870), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 334 portraits.

Sittersback to top

Related worksback to top

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  • NPG x134669: Maria Alexandrovna, Empress of Russia (source portrait)
  • NPG Ax29965: John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (source portrait)
  • NPG x11978: Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (source portrait)
  • NPG x650: Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (source portrait)
  • NPG x5973: William Ewart Gladstone (source portrait)
  • NPG x126766: Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck (source portrait)
  • NPG Ax131391: Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge (source portrait)
  • NPG Ax11946: Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde (source portrait)
  • NPG x15449: Albert Richard Smith (source portrait)
  • NPG x137826: Sir George Grey (source portrait)
  • NPG Ax25043: Eleanora ('Ellen') Kean (née Tree) (source portrait)
  • NPG x6277: Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG x20048: Jenny Lind (source portrait)
  • NPG x13230: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (source portrait)
  • NPG x17068: Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (source portrait)
  • NPG x12462: David Livingstone (source portrait)
  • NPG x14337: Charles Dickens (source portrait)
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  • NPG x5038: Charles Blondin (source portrait)
  • NPG x16135: Florence Nightingale (source portrait)
  • NPG x16137: Florence Nightingale (source portrait)
  • NPG x16138: Florence Nightingale (source portrait)

Events of 1863back to top

Current affairs

The opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line.
The Football Association is founded.

Art and science

Julia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age.
Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.


At an international conference, the Geneva Public Welfare Society calls on the sixteen nations present to form voluntary units to help the wartime wounded. The society, comprised of five Swiss citizens and led by Henri Dunant, who had been deeply affected by the casualties he had witnessed at the Battle of Solferino, became the National Red Cross Societies, adopting the emblem of a red cross on white background.

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