Lady Mary Arabella Louisa Agnew
Portrait of Lady Mary Arabella Louisa Agnew (née Noel) (1822–1883), wife of Sir Andrew Agnew, 8th Baronet.
Camille Silvy was a French photographer born in Nogent-le-Rotrou, France, on 8 February 1834. He is best known for his pioneering work in portrait photography in the mid-19th century. Silvy began his career as a lawyer but turned to photography in the early 1850s. He opened a studio in London in 1857 and quickly gained a reputation for his innovative and artistic approach to portraiture. Silvy's portraits were characterised by his use of natural light, soft focus and careful composition. He was particularly adept at capturing the personality and character of his subjects, often using props and costumes to create unique and memorable images. Silvy was also an early adopter of the carte de visite format, which allowed for the mass production and distribution of his photographs. In addition to his work as a portrait photographer, Silvy also documented the landscape and architecture of London and Paris. His images of these cities provide a fascinating insight into urban life in the mid-19th century. Camille Silvy died on 22 February 1910 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France. His legacy as a pioneering photographer continues to influence and inspire photographers today.