[Cartes-de-visite album of French actors, actresses, and dancers]

André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri1860s

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Capitalizing on the popularity of calling cards in the mid-1800s, the French photographer A.A.E. Disdéri seized upon the idea of pasting photographs to small cards. Cheap to produce, the carte-de-visite instantly became a popular form of portraiture during the 1850s and 60s. Images of celebrities and performers were in high demand and it was not unusual for a collector to assemble a group of such cards in one large album. Among the various dancers shown here is the noted ballerina Marie Petipa.


  • Title: [Cartes-de-visite album of French actors, actresses, and dancers]
  • Creator: Disdéri & Cie., Adolphe Bilordeaux, G.M. Legé, André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Alexandre Ken & Cie., Pierre Petit, Franck (François-Marie-Louis-Alexandre Gobinet de Villecholles), A. Coudret, André Giroux, Charles Reutlinger, Cyrus Anatole Pougnet, Ulric Grob, Pesme, Larauza, V. Muzet, Charles, Weyler, Numa Fils, Pierre Louis Pierson, Alphonse J. Liebert, A. Loisel, Dalligny, Victor Plumier, Odinot, Carl Borntraeger, L. Haase & Co., Weber & Neumann, Meltzer, H. Lehmann & Co., Ludwig Angerer, Juan Laurent, J. Szekely, Dee Detournay, Hermann Matsen, Szekely & Gertinger, Mulnier, Mayer & Pierson, L. Straszak, Alessandro Duroni, A. Loecherer, Bidoit, F. Brandseph, César Mitkiewicz, César Mitkiewicz et Cie., Charles Jacotin, Delbarre et Cie., Adolphe Peemans, Ph. Muller, V. Daufferta, Thomassin, Alexandre Ken, Susse Fres, Estienne & Cie, Numa Blanc & Cie., Léon Crémière, Leon Crémière & Cie., Mayer & Pierson, Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon], Adolphe Peemans, Petit & Trinquart, Unknown, Vaury & Cie., Alphonse Giroux & Cie.
  • Date Created: 1860s
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: 44.8 × 32.7 cm (17 5/8 × 12 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Album
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XD.428
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Disdéri & Cie. Adolphe Bilordeaux (French, born 1807) G.M. Legé (French, born 1809, active Paris, France) André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (French, 1819 - 1889) Alexandre Ken & Cie. Pierre Petit (French, 1832 - 1909) Franck (François-Marie-Louis-Alexandre Gobinet de Villecholles) (French, 1816 - 1906) A. Coudret (French, active 1860s) André Giroux (French, 1801 - 1879) Charles Reutlinger (French, born Germany, 1816 - 1888) Cyrus Anatole Pougnet (French, born 1840) Ulric Grob (French, active 1860s) Pesme (French, active 1850 - 1870s) Larauza (French, active 1860s) V. Muzet (French, active 1860s) Charles (French, active 1870s) Weyler (French, active 1860s) Numa Fils (French, active 1870s - 1880s) Pierre Louis Pierson (French, 1822 - 1913) Alphonse J. Liebert (French, 1827 - 1913) A. Loisel (French, active 1860s) Dalligny (French, active 1860s) Victor Plumier (French, active 1840 - 1850) Odinot (French, active 1860s) Carl Borntraeger (German, active 1860s - 1870s) L. Haase & Co. Weber & Neumann Meltzer (French, active 1860s) H. Lehmann & Co. Ludwig Angerer (Austrian, 1827 - 1879) Juan Laurent (French, 1816 - 1886) J. Szekely (Austrian, 1838 - 1901) Dee Detournay (French, active 1860s) Hermann Matsen (French, active 1860s) Szekely & Gertinger Mulnier, Mayer & Pierson L. Straszak (French, active 1860s) Alessandro Duroni (Italian, 1807 - 1870) A. Loecherer (French, active 1860s) Bidoit (Belgian, active 1850s) F. Brandseph (German, 1826 - 1915) César Mitkiewicz (Belgian, active 1860s) César Mitkiewicz et Cie. Charles Jacotin (French, active 1860s - 1870s) Delbarre et Cie. Adolphe Peemans (French, active 1860s) Ph. Muller (French, active 1860s) V. Daufferta (Russian, active 1860s) Thomassin (French, active 1860s) Alexandre Ken (French ?, active 1860s) Susse Fres, Estienne & Cie Numa Blanc & Cie. Léon Crémière (French, 1831 - after 1882) Leon Crémière & Cie. Mayer & Pierson (French, active 1855 - 1878) Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon] (French, 1820 - 1910) Adolphe Peemans (French, active 1860s) Petit & Trinquart (French, founded 1858) Unknown Vaury & Cie. (French, active Paris, France 19th century) Alphonse Giroux & Cie.
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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