Dagmar of Denmark (1847-1928), later Empress Maria Feodorovna.
A carte-de-visite portrait of Dagmar, whose husband succeeded as Tsar Alexander III in 1881. Born a Danish princess, on her marriage to the Russian heir in 1866, she converted to Russian Orthodoxy and took the Russian name Maria Feodorovna. Photographed by the Russian photographer Charles Bergamesco of St Petersburg.
The carte de visite or CDV (also carte-de-visite) was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris, France by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854. It was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a carte de visite is 2⅛ × 3½ inches mounted on a card sized 2½ × 4 inches. It was made popular in 1859 in Europe, and from 1860 in the United States. The new invention was so popular it was known as "cardomania". Each photograph was the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards became enormously popular and were traded among friends and visitors. The immense popularity of these card photographs led to the publication and collection of photographs of prominent persons. "Cardomania" spread throughout Europe and then quickly to America. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlors.
Dimensions : 2⅛ × 3½ inches mounted on a card sized 2½ × 4 inc.
Condition: Good.Original and very rare. Item : # 1416 Price:$ 100.00 *** SOLD ***