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As can be seen from the following examples, cherubs were a popular theme in carte de visite backstamps.  These ethereal creatures were often shown as manipulators of photographic equipment like camera or plates as in the cartes from H. Harper of Leeds, G. Gibson of Nottingham and Newcombe & Sydney, West Hartlepool.

Dennis Thompson of Bradford took a more artistic approach in his choice of trade card, as did Mr Whitlock of West Bromwich. In both these examples the cherubs are depicted as artists, with paint and brush rather than a camera. Lugg and Sons went for a cherub scattering the results of the photographers work into the wider world.

C. Goulder of Blackheath, John M’Leod of Newark on Trent  and R. W. Morris of Chester chose a combination of ‘skills’ for their winged creatures, art and photography. This connection was something that photographers were often keen to emphasise. To them photography was not only a new technology but also followed the centuries old tradition of creating artistic portraits.





Published by qvictoria

A collector of Victorian photographs for many a long year. I'm interested in both the individual photographs and the studio advertising on the 'backs' of the images, Victorian graphic design at its most varied and interesting. My collection of "cartes de visite" photographs is housed in plastic pockets within a series of albums, numerically arranged in order as they are acquired. There are now roughly 3000 photographers and images in all. I use directories, newspapers and genealogical information to research the life and work of each photographer and their studio but there aren't enough hours in the day. This photo is one of my collection, chosen for the gentle expression in the face of the sitter.

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