Cartes-de-visite of 19th century performers

Cartes-de-visite of 19th century performers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Cartes-de-visite of 19th century performers
Dates: approximately 1850s-1890s
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3390

Biographical/Historical Note

In the mid to late 19th century as society industrialized and media began to be truly utilized, the images of various celebrities were printed on cartes de visities. A number of actors and actresses became popular world-wide through their dissemination, and many other types of performers gained notoriety this way as well, among them individuals who identified as dwarves and people with other physical abnormalities. For example, both Decker and Houghton of this collection were unusually short gentlemen in the Civil War era who gained widespread renown for their height.

Carte de visite photographs were a format which varied very little across the globe. They were portable and inexpensive, making them easily tradeable and exchangeable. Cartes de visites were immensely popular from the 1850s through the 1870s until other mediums replaced them.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 16 cartes-de-visite of American and European actors, actresses, and other well-known perfomers and celebrities. Some of the images are color tinted. The origins of the cartes include photographic studios in London, Dresden, Hamburg, Chicago, Syracuse, Boston and New York.

Index Terms

Actors--United States--Photographs.
Actresses--United States--Photographs.
Barnay, Ludwig, 1842-1924 -- Photographs
Black-and-white photographs.
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs).
Celebrities--United States--Photographs.
Color photographs.
Decker, Charles Rollin, d. 1893 -- Photographs
Dudley, Georgiana, Countess of
Dwarfs--United States--Photographs.
Houghton, Samuel Edgar, b. 1850 -- Photographs
Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905 -- Photographs
Kayne, Miss -- Photographs
Langtry, Lillie, 1853-1929 -- Photographs
Male actors--Europe--Photographs.
Male actors--United States--Photographs.
Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909 -- Photographs
Terry, Ellen, Dame, 1847-1928 -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cartes-de-visite of 19th century performers. MS 3390. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11At Rest- Female performer, hand-colored drawing
12Before the Foot-lights- female performer, hand-colored drawing
13The Coryphee- female performer with cape, drawing
14The Enchantress- female performer in closeup, hand-colored drawing
15The First Success- female performer with flowers, hand-colored drawing
16Ludwig Barnay- profile, photograph
17Mr. Chas. Decker, 20 years old-- height, 31 inches-- weight, 45 lbs.- photograph
18Maj. S.E. Houghton, 19 years old-- height, 31 inches-- weight, 41 lbs.- photograph
19Mr. Henry Irving- profile, photograph
110[Miss Kayne?]- profile, photograph
111Lily Langtry- photograph
112Madame Modjeska- photograph
113Miss Ellen Terry as Portia, photograph
114Georgina Elisabeth Ward, Countess of Dudley, photograph
115Georgina Elisabeth Ward, Countess of Dudley, photograph
116Josefine Wessely, profile, photograph