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Photographic Album, mostly with Russian Types.
Skt. Peterburg -80s 1870 - Photographic album (22 x 27.5 cm). With 65 photographs, among those including 6 cabinet portraits, 3 views of Reval and 48 carte-de-visite Russian types, dimensions from app. 13 x 9 to 9 x 6 cm, mostly on original cards. Includes 47 by Carrick (12 on his studio cards), 1 by Charles Johann Bergamasco, 2 by ????? ?????? [Yasvoin], 1 by ???? ???????? ???????? [K. Anderson], 1 by ??????? [Yakovlev], 1 by Bernhard Lais, 3 by Charles Borcharch, 1 by ?????????? [Lorenkovich] and 1 by W. Clasen, photographers' credit on cards, some numbered in negative, many with titles inscribed to verso in Russian and/or English; 5 prints rather faded. Contemporary polished black sheep over thick boards, flat spine stamped in blind, upper cover gilt ruled, with engraved metal plaque reading: "Rev[erend] E.G.H. Little from the boys of the English school St. Petersburg. May 26th 1886", gilt edges, white moire endpapers; lacking clasp and three metal decorative elements around plaque, spine and upper cover rubbed. Almost 50 of the famous Carrick's Russian types, some with excellent contrast, in a very interesting and rare presentation album from the pupils of the English school in Saint-Petersburg, dated 1886. Carrick's well preserved photographic cards show many native types and trades, such as yardmen, various salespersons including balloons, fish, milk and herring, Orthodox priests, soldiers, including Circassian and Georgian, and several troikas and carriages. Other photographs include cabinet portraits, views of Reval (modern day Tallinn, Estonia), a troika and a cutting ice scene by, among others, Tallin based Bernhard Lais (1854 -1898/99), the official supplier for the court of Empress Maria Feodorovna Volf Yasvoin and the official supplier for the court of the Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolaevich Charles Bergamasco. William Carrick (1827-78) was Scottish and brought up in Russia, first in Kronstadt and later in St Petersburg. He took up photography after being forced to abandon his architectural studies for financial reasons. In 1855 he returned to Scotland where he met John McGregor, another photographer. They became friends and opened a studio together in St Petersburg. There, they took portraits of the rich and famous before embarking on expeditions across rural Russia where they became known for being pioneers of ethnographic photography. For his series "Russian types" executed in the format cartes-de-visites, Carrick was awarded with a diamond ring by Tsarevich Nikolay, son of Alexander II. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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