Carte de Visites

 

Carte de Visites

 

O2017.005.002.1-28

 

 
     
General John Bell Hood
 
    
President Andrew Johnson
   
 
Vice President John C. Breckinridge
 
    
General P.G.T. Beauregard, Sitter
    
 
General Richard Scott "Dick" Taylor
 
 
    
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut

 

 
General Samuel Cooper
 
 
General John Hunt Morgan
 
   
General Richard S. Ewell

 

      
Lieutenant General William Joseph Hardee
 
    
Lieutenant-General Leonidas Polk
 

 

 
    
General Braxton Bragg
 
    
General Edmund Kirby Smith

 

 
  
General Edward Johnson

 

 
    
 
 
John Wilkes Booth
 
Captain Raphael Semmes
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
General Robert E. Lee
 
 
  
The Fairy Wedding Group
 
   
    

 

 
    
Horloge Astronomique Protographic
 
 
 
    
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb
 
   
General Albert Sidney Johnston
 
    
General Sterling Price
 
   
John Wilkes Booth
The Royal Satsuma's Japanese Troupe

 

Date

n/a

 

People

Alfred Roman- Original Owner

*See individual CdVs

 

Geography

Various

 

Material/ Technique

Card

Hand coloring

Silver gelatin print

 

Dimensions

10.2 x 6.4 cm

 

Credit

The Collection of Oak Alley Foundation

 

Marks

Various

 

Location

“Big House” exhibit

   Artifact Room

Storage

 

Description

The carte de visite, or CdV, was one of the first wildly popular and exploitable forms of photography. Finding its origins in early calling cards, the CdV had several attributes that lead to its prominence. First, the size was universal which allowed international trading and use. Due to its materials, an albumen print on a thick card, there was no hazardous or delicate materials, such as glass, that had to be protected.  The image was always clear and easy to see and it was overall light enough that mailing was easily accomplished. With their small size, relatively low cost production, and universal sizing, the carte de visites quickly became prominent in places such as America, England, and France. 

Today, in the Artifact Room of the “Big House” exhibit, nineteen cartes de visites are on display, a small portion of the full twenty-eight count set. At one point in time, all twenty-eight resided inside of an album owned by Alfred Roman, son of former Governor Andre Bienvenu Roman and nephew to Jacques Telesphore Roman, owner of Oak Alley Plantation. Alfred Roman played a large role in the Civil War and, unsurprisingly, collected many CdVs of various military and public figures.

 

Inside of the “Big House” exhibit, the following carte de visites are on display within the Artifact Room: General John Bell Hood, President Andrew Johnson, Vice President John C. Breckinridge, General P.G.T. Beauregard, General Richard Scott “Dick” Taylor, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, General John Hunt Morgan, General Richard S. Ewell, and Lieutenant General William Joseph Hardee, John Wilkes Booth, Captain Raphael Semmes, General Robert E. Lee, Major General Sterling Price, and two unidentified soldiers. 

 

Of the full twenty-eight, ten CdVs are in storage hosting the following sitters: General Samuel Cooper, General Robert E. Lee, The Fairy Wedding Group, “Horloge Astronomique Protographic”, The Royal Satsuma’s Japanese Troupe, Mr. and Mrs. General Tom Thumb, General Albert Sidney Johnston, John Wilkes Booth, and two unidentified soldiers.

 


 

Divisions:
"Big House" Exhibit: Artifact Room
"Big House" Exhibit Exterior
"Big House" Exhibit: Dining Room
"Big House" Exhibit: Lavender Room
Foundation Storage
 
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