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

André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri1860s

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

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.

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  • Title: [Cartes-de-visite album of French actors, actresses, and dancers]
  • Creator: Disdéri & Cie., Adolphe Bilordeaux, G.M. Legé, et al
  • Date: 1860s
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: 44.8 x 32.7 cm (17 5/8 x 12 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Album
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XD.428
  • Inscription: Inscription: Most mounts (recto and verso) have either printed or ms. title, credit and/or other information.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Classification: Photographs


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