'Éléphant d'Afrique', Paris Zoo
Albumen print, c. 1880
Tonality- 10/10; 122 x 171 mm., mounted
'Monk' praying beside skull
Albumen print, 1850s
Tonality- 9/10; 81 x 84 mm., mounted

John Lloyd of Rhagatt produced both landscapes and interesting genre studies in Wales during the 1850s.
'Snowman', Central Park, New York
Albumen print, c. 1890
Tonality 8/10, minor edge fading; 183 x 234 mm., mounted with another view of the park on verso

The mount inscription (in French) does not mention a year but states the date of the photograph is 1 September.
Amateur photographer at work, France (?)
Gelatin silver print, 1890s
Tonality- 10/10; 160 x 113 mm., mounted on card with another view on verso
Armeria de Madrid. Casque du Roi de France, François Ier (No. 45)
Albumen print, c. 1868
10/10; 337 x 252mm, mounted

Laurent first published his striking studies of armor in 1868: Catalogo De Los Objetos De La Real Armeria De S.M. Reproducidos En Fotografia Por J. Laurent.
Body at Pompei
Albumen print, c. 1880
Tonality- 10/10; 199 x 247 mm., unmounted
Albumen print, 1870s
Tonality- 9/10; 334 x 253 mm., mounted with Laurent view on verso

The print is titled on the bottom as 'Cordue. 628. Scène de la rue (d'après nature)'. The fact that at least part of the imagery seems to represent an example of photocollage (note the young woman's face is possibly borrowed from a painting) gives this image a somewhat surreal quality. Laurent's instantaneous scenes were early examples of the genre and were probably enlarged from the smaller negatives required to obtain a fast enough exposure.
This particular print was the one used as an illustration in Ewing's 'Love & Desire', 1999, p. 205.
Crypt in Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Rome
Albumen print, 1880s
Tonality 7/10; 198 x 254 mm., unmounted

This famous crypt displays the bones of more than 4000 friars and others, buried between 1528 and 1870.
Deux jeunes filles
Albumen print, c. 1880s
9-10/10; 283 x 208 mm, unmounted

Photograph after a painting by the Belgian painter Antoine Wiertz done in 1847. Today a museum in his name commemorates the works by this most surreal and eccentric of artists. Deux jeunes filles is probably his most celebrated work.
Carbon print, c. 1890
10/10; 241 x 290 mm, mounted

Bolton, fellow at the London Zoological Society probably took this photograph at the London Zoo. A carbon print of the Sing-Sing Antelope is on the verso.
Fisherman & his smoking companion
Albumen print, c. 1880
Tonality- 9-10/10; 94 x 60 mm. X 2 prints, each unmounted

On the verso of each print, there is a period inscription in pencil which reads- 'Filey Sep. 15th 1880'. Filey is a fishing village in Yorkshire.
Gothic sculpture with leaf motif
Collodion Printing Out Paper (POP), 1890s
Tonality- 10/10; 201 x 153 mm., mounted

Matt collodion POP paper was often used because of its ability to emulate the attractive tonalities of platinum prints as is the case here. This print came from the archives of an old architectural library.
Jewellery exhibition and visitors (?)
Gelatin silver print, c. 1930s
10/10; 162 x 211 mm, unmounted
John Howell
Albumen print, c. 1856
10/10; 202 x 149 mm, mounted

A sensitive early portrait of possibly a reverend preparing his lecture is described on the verso as being John Howell of 3 St. Paul's Churchyard. The manner in which Howell's arm is inserted into his waistcoat suggests he may be missing his right hand.
Model in Grecian dress
Gelatin silver print, 1890s
Tonality- 10/10; 222 x 150 mm., unmounted
Orientalist extravaganza, probably at the Folies Bergère
Gelatin silver print, 1920s
Tonality- 10/10; 156 x 224 mm., unmounted, signed by the photographer in ink on the print
Police Station, France
Salt print, c. 1880s
8/10; 255 x 195 mm, unmounted

A most atypical composition. The print is also unusual, possibly but not certainly a late period salt print (the process had a brief revival in the 1880s) on very thin paper.
Preserved bodies at Pompei
Albumen print, c. 1870
9/10; 198 x 251mm, mounted

Illustrated in- Voir L'Italie et Mourir, 2009, p. 250.
Photogravure, c. 1891
10/10; 178 x 112 mm

Myers belonged to a sophisticated and well-connected family and was painted by both Watts and Millais. She took up photography in 1888 and created a studio in her house near Cambridge. This portrait, although ostensibly a classical biblical study, seems laden with strange evocations of Orientalism. Both period and modern critics have compared Myers work to that of Julia Margaret Cameron. This print was published in 'Sun Artists', a rare publication which was perhaps the first to treat photography as a fine art. Each issue was devoted to an art photographer whose work was illustrated by four carefully printed photogravures, a concept that prefigured that of 'Camera Work' by many years. The Art Journal called the publication: 'The high water mark of modern photography'.
Roman jug in the shape of horse's head, British Museum
Albumen print, 1870s
Tonality- 9/10,; 202 x 256 mm.

Following in the footsteps of Roger Fenton, Thompson was commissioned by the archaeologist, Charles Harrison, to produce an extensive series of photographs for the British Museum. This series sometimes bears the imprint of the publishers, W.A. Mansell. 'Mansell' is therefore sometimes mistakenly credited as the photographer.
Studio (?)
Albumen print, c. 1860s
9/10; 233 x 158 mm, mounted

We will leave it to the viewer to decide what is transpiring in this most unlikely scene. Even the finish of the print is odd for the apparently early date – an unusual brilliant sheen is evident.
Two Misses in White
Gelatin silver print, c. 1897
Tonality- 8-9/10; 98 x 137 mm., mounted on card with printed inscription below image

From 'Souvenir of the Coaching Parade, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1897'.
Wild boar and gun, Corfu (?)
Albumen print, 1860s
Tonality- 9-10/10, very minor water stains at top right corner; 193 x 154 mm., mounted

Shakespeare was a member of the Amateur Photographic Association of Great Britain and won awards for his photography during the 1860s.
Woman's head through paper wall
Albumen print, c. 1880s
9/10, some foxing; 152 x 98 mm, mounted

The Adele studio was founded in 1862 in Vienna by Adele, Max and William Perlmutter. This intriguing cabinet card represents a most novel method of portrait photography.
Worker and bas relief
Albumen print, c. 1870s
10/10, tiny internal tears at bottom margin and at one edge; 223 x 173 mm