The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

Southwell Brothers cartes-de-visite


103 Portraits in set

The Southwell Brothers comprised the partnership between William (1823–70), Frederick (1833–83) and Edwin (1840–82) Southwell. They established their joint venture in 1862 at the height of the carte-de-visite’s popularity. The sons of a piano maker, the eldest two brothers followed their father’s trade before William opened a photographic studio in London at 16 Baker Street in about 1857. Early royal patronage ensured a further distinguished clientele that was made up of the aristocracy, politicians, clergy and members of the theatrical profession. Success continued with two further studios opening at 22 Baker Street in 1862 and 64a New Bond Street in 1867. Their reported daily earnings averaged between £70 and £100. After William’s sudden death in 1870 and the ensuing financial difficulties faced by the two surviving brothers, the studio passed through various hands. Sold in 1878 to the photographers Boning & Small, press advertisements were placed announcing their intention to destroy the Southwells’s negatives. As such, it appears the brothers’ complete archive is lost, though a record of their work demonstrating their artistic flair persists through their surviving cartes-de-visite.

List Thumbnail

Harris Prendergast, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax39751

Harris Prendergast

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39751

John Baily, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax39736

John Baily

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39736

Fanny Stirling, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x26596

Fanny Stirling

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x26596

Florence Lancia (Laura Florence Ladbroke Clarke), by Southwell Brothers - NPG x19811

Florence Lancia (Laura Florence Ladbroke Clarke)

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x19811

Rose Leclercq, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x74531

Rose Leclercq

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x74531

Susan Galton, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x28183

Susan Galton

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x28183

Jane Elizabeth ('Eliza') Vezin (née Thomson), by Southwell Brothers - NPG x27194

Jane Elizabeth ('Eliza') Vezin (née Thomson)

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x27194

Ethel Lavenu (Eliza Lavenu), by Southwell Brothers - NPG x19899

Ethel Lavenu (Eliza Lavenu)

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x19899

Fanny Josephs, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x18956

Fanny Josephs

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x18956

George Clifford Jordan, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x18951

George Clifford Jordan

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x18951

Miss Wallace, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x27232

Miss Wallace

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x27232

Charlotte Saunders, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x22367

Charlotte Saunders

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22367

Edward Horsman, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax8573

Edward Horsman

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8573

Lord Edward Cavendish, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax8675

Lord Edward Cavendish

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax8675

Sir David Brewster, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x19949

Sir David Brewster

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x19949

Amy Sheridan, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x22567

Amy Sheridan

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x22567

Ada Cavendish (later Marshall), by Southwell Brothers - NPG x5722

Ada Cavendish (later Marshall)

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x5722

Laura Conquest, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x6356

Laura Conquest

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x6356

Laura Conquest, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x6357

Laura Conquest

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x6357

Marie of Baden, Princess of Leiningen, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x74546

Marie of Baden, Princess of Leiningen

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x74546