H.R.H. Prince George Duke of Cambridge, a good cdv, 1860s


A very good carte de visite by Maull & Polyblank from a contemporary group of their photographs identified on the verso in pencil. The studio portrait shows the duke full length wearing frock coat. It probably dataes from shortly after he became a Field Marshal in 1862. Living from 1819 to 1904, the duke was commander-in-chief of the British Army from 1856 to 1895 during which he showed a resistance to reform. The cdv is in excellent clean condition.      jan30/2

The London photographer Maull & Polyblank had studios on Gracechurch Street and on Piccadilly. The firm began trading in around 1856 and continued under this name until 1865 after which it became known as Maull & Co.