Early work and the Royal Architectural Museum

Cabinet Portraits

Reverse and verso of Cabinet Portrait, 1870s, Courtesy of Gary Winter © English Heritage|

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Left: Verso of Cabinet Portrait, 1870s 
English Heritage: DP119183
Reproduced courtesy of Gary Winter

Right: Reverse of Cabinet Portrait, 1870s
English Heritage: DP119184
Reproduced courtesy of Gary Winter

The cabinet-format portrait photograph was invented in 1866 by the photographer Frederick Window. Its size (4 W x 6 V inches) enabled photographers to advertise their business on the reverse, often in an elaborate style. Here, Bedford Lemere & Co. advertise themselves as ‘Portrait Architectural and Landscape Photographers’.

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