Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Mexican Carte-de-Visite Portrait Album from the Era of Maximilian and Napoleon III
Date (inclusive): circa 1858-circa 1870
(113 photographic prints)
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Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
Mexican carte-de-visite portrait album from the era of Maximilian and Napoleon III.
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The album was compiled by an unidentified person, most likely of French nationality, during or shortly after the time of the
French Intervention in Mexico. It includes photographs by several well-known photographers active in France or Mexico such
as François Aubert and André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri.
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Mexican carte-de-visite portrait album from the era of Maximilian and Napoleon III, circa 1858-circa 1870, The Getty Research
Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 92.R.8
Acquired in 1992.
Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library
and Information Resources (CLIR).
Scope and Content of Collection
This album contains 112 albumen cartes-de-visite and one cabinet card; some of the photographs are hand-colored. It features
portraits of Emperor Maximilian (including one cabinet photograph), Empress Carlota, and Napoleon III, as well as other key
figures in the French intervention in Mexico. Many portraits are of French and Mexican military leaders such as Generals Achille
Bazaine and Antonio López de Santa Anna, and President Benito Juárez. There is a set of portrait engravings of historically
significant figures from Mexican history, including Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Agustín de Iturbide, José María Morelos, and
Vicente Guerrero. Other portraits are of diplomats to Mexico from Austria, England, Spain, and Belgium. Several portraits
are of cultural figures such as novelist and poet Ignacio Manuel Altamirano.
A group of photographs by François Aubert taken at Querétaro, includes a posed group portrait of the firing squad for Maximilian's
execution, and three images of Maximilian's bullet-riddled clothing (one of his jacket and two of his vest). There is a portrait
of Colonel Miguel López, the Mexican officer and courtier who betrayed Maximilian. Several views of Querétaro and other sites
are also included.
Photographers: Louis Pierson, Mayer & Pierson, Augustín Peraire, L. Lebert, Levitsky, Aubert y Cia. (François Aubert, 1829-1906),
G. Jägermayer, Ghémar Frères, Photographie Richelieu (Georges Numa), André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, and Robert J. Bingham.
Photographer information on versos: Ghémar Frères, Photographes du Roi, Rue de l'Ecuyer 27, Bruxelles; Photographie Richelieu,
G. Numa, Rue Richelieu 83, Paris; Bingham, Inventeur du Procédé Collodion, Rue de Larochefoucauld 58, Paris; P. Kaeser's Kunsthandlung,
Bognergasse 2, Wien, Photog. von G. Jägermayer.
This is a black leather album with a silver clasp and cover shield; five cabinet card openings are empty. Titles for pages
are as they appear on album pages unless otherwise noted. Titles for images are from captions written below images unless
otherwise noted. Information on versos of mounts, or under openings is not recorded, as items have not been removed from mounts.
In original order.
Subjects - Topics
Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel, 1834-1893--Portraits
Bazaine, François-Achille, 1811-1888--Portraits
Carlota, Empress, consort of Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1840-1927--Portraits
Executions and executioners--Mexico--Querétaro
Guerrero, Vicente, 1782-1831--Portraits
Hidalgo y Costilla, Miguel, 1753-1811--Portraits
Iturbide, Agustín de, 1783-1824--Portraits
Juárez, Benito, 1806-1872--Portraits
López, Miguel, 1825-1891--Portraits
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867--Portraits
Morelos, José María, 1765-1815--Portraits
Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873--Portraits
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876--Portraits
Subjects - Places
France--History--Second Empire, 1852-1870--Portraits
Mexico--History--European intervention, 1861-1867--Portraits
Querétaro (Mexico)--History--Siege, 1867
Genres and Forms of Material
Albumen prints--France--19th century
Albumen prints--Mexico--19th century
Cabinet photographs -France--19th century
Photograph albums--Mexico--19th century
Studio portraits--France--19th century
Studio portraits--Mexico--19th century
Aubert y Cia
Aubert, François, 1829-1906
Bingham, Robert J., circa 1800-1870
Disderi, Andre-Adolphe-Eugene, 1819-1889
Mayer & Pierson
P. Kaeser's Kunsthandlung
Pierson, Pierre-Louis, 1822-1913