from the Lafayette Studios
ladies, Indian maharajas, actresses and young men with their
new cars were some of the subjects photographed by James Lafayette
in the late 19th and early 20th century. This database contains
over 600 portraits produced by his studios and was developed
over 10 years by Russell Harris, with generous funding from
the Elm Trust, who generously donated it to the V&A.
can search the site using the categories on the left. There
is also the option at the top of the page of a more detailed
search by date, photographer or sitter. Copies of the images
can be purchased from our Picture Library.