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4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches (photograph image size: 4 x 5 1/2 inches. A wonderful signed albumin Superb cabinet carte-de-visite photograph, ca. 1860's, of Emily Faithfull, renowned lecturer, writer, womanís rightsí advocate, and recognized as the first woman publisher, founding the Victoria Press in London, in 1860. Of great interest, the photograph is signed by Emily Faithfull (a very rare signature) underneath the mounting: "Yours very sincerely Emily Faithfull," with her name being underlined. The photograph pictures Faithfull seated in a formal gown, her face turned toward the camera. This is the rarest and earliest of the noted firm, Elliott & Fry, when they were still at the shop which was founded and opened in 1863 by Joseph John Elliott and Clarence Edmund Fry, at 55 Baker Street (which address appears on the face of the front card). A similar Elliott & Fry albumin photograph of Faithfull (though a different seating), is held by the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. From the Portrait Gallery, concerning Elliott and Fry: [the firm] was one of the most important in the history of studio portraiture in London. Opened by Joseph John Elliott and Clarence Edmund Fry their first premises were a series of studios at 55 Baker Street. H. Baden Pritchard in his 1882 book The Photographic Studios of Europe records his tour of their extensive galleries, where the predominant decoration consisted of important contemporary art works, which relaxed his sitters before their actual photographs were taken. Posed in the naturally lit "glass-room", they could choose from a selection of fifteen painted backgrounds. Sittings were charged at a guinea, which entitled the sitter to eighteen cartes-de-visite (visiting card size) or six of the larger 'cabinet portrait' photographs. This was twice the sum for the best theatre seats and was deemed by many followers of fashion as 'an amusement a la mode.'" Very good condition. No other albumin photographs of Emily Faithfull of this vintage found anywhere in the marketplace.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #4878