Nineteenth Century Arab Society
Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, circa 1870s. Rare collection of 11 striking and nostalgic sepia carte-de-visite photographs mainly featuring Arab people and their traditional costume. Carte-de visite mounts measure measures 6,5 x 10,5 cm. Photographs measure approximately 5,75 x 9,5 cm. Very slight age-toning, otherwise in Very Good Condition, a pleasing collection of scarce photographs, beautifully preserved.
Rare nineteenth century cdv photographs of people of various ethnicities in their traditional costume, mainly from Arab societies, including an Egyptian Bedouin man, a woman in a full burkha, young women from Morocco, and a child of poverty.
The carte de visite (CDV, carte-de-visite) was a type of small photograph which was invented by Louis Dodero and patented in 1854 in Paris by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri. It was usually made of a thin albumen print photograph mounted on a thicker calling card, the image size being 54.0 mm × 89 mm, and the card being 64 mm × 100 mm.
The Carte de Visite gained widespread popularity when in 1859 Disdéri published a photograph of Emperor Napoleon III in this format. Subsequently photographic studios began to offer the cartes-de-visite of famous royals, politicians, actresses, and the like, then people of far away nations in their traditional costume, and so began some spectacular nineteenth century cdv photographic collections.