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Silvy, Camille, fl. 1862 (photographer)



  • Existence: fl. 1857 - 1869


Camille Silvy was a French photographer active in London, England, circa 1857-69. He took over the business of Caldesi and Montecchi in 1859. From 1860 to 1861 he was based at 38 Porchester Terrace, Bayswater. From 1862 to 1869 he was based at 38 and 38B Porchester Terrace. Silvy was probably the first carte-de-visite photographer in London. He also photographed landscapes. Silvy sold the business to Adolphe Beau (Pritchard 1994, pp.103-104).


Pritchard, Michael (1994), 'A directory of London photographers 1841-1908'. Watford: PhotoResearch.

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Portrait of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, c.1862

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043CC
Scope and Contents 56 x 85 mm. A carte de visite studio portrait.The print shows a full length portrait against a rustic backdrop of Sarah Forbes Bonetta and her husband James Pinson Labulo Davies. The print is inserted into slits made in the title page of Forbes (1851), opposite the chromolithographed frontispiece showing Sarah Forbes as a young girl. Sarah Forbes was a Yoruba girl captured by the King of Dahomey in 1848 during a war in which her parents were killed. She was given as a present to...
Dates: 1862
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