A Bevy of Beasts

The Lion and the Unicorn, symbols of Britain, often appear as motifs on photographers’ trade cards. The images above show a few of the other members of the animal kingdom to make it onto these little adverts. A stag, a lion, an elephant, a leopard (?), a tortoise and a hive of bees, although the significance of these particular examples is not immediately apparent. The bees as shown on the card of J. Perriman may indicate the hope for a busy, thriving business. Quite what the tortoise shows is uncertain, perhaps his aim was to be slow but steady.

slow bu steady

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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