WALERY RZEWUSKI (1837-1888), KONRAD BRANDEL (1838-1920)

Untitled (Portraits of Children with Props)
1879, before 1871
two cartes de visite photographs, albumin paper mounted on cardboard,
portrait of a girl: 9.2 x 5.6 cm (10.5 x 6.3 cm), printed inscription reading "W. RZEWUSKI W KRAKOWIE" on the front of the cardboard, imprint of the photographic atelier, and handwritten "Maniusia / fotogr. dn. 31. Maja / 1879" on the reverse,
portrait of a boy: 8.8 x 5.4 cm (10.6 x 6.4 cm), printed inscription "K. BRANDEL
I SKA w WARSZAWIE," erased imprint of the photographic atelier on the reverse,

Cartes de visite were made using special backgrounds, curtains, furniture, and props such as books, clothes, or toys, which were chosen so as to reflect the age, personality, or profession of the person portrayed.

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