Camille Silvy (1834-1910)
Photograph of Master HGE Gladstone
Museum no. E980-1992
Camille Silvy was a studio and fine art photographer who worked in London and Paris. His range of commercial portraiture is recorded in his day books and through hundreds of cartes-de-visite. This photograph of Master H.G.E. Gladstone was entered in the day book for 16 June 1862 . It shows a well-to-do young boy wearing fashionable tartan clothes. The plinth he leans against is not real, but a stage prop. On top of the plinth are two birds in a cage. These might have been stuffed specimens. Stuffed animals were sometimes used as props in photographs.