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Collecting. The royal houses

Traditionally, pictures of the monarchs were held by those in power and the corporations, but in the mid 19th century, photography took that pleasure to the bourgeoisie. Now the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie would complete to collect photos, purchased at fair stands and city offices, or dedicated by the members of the ruling dynasty themselves or by the Carlist pretenders.

Album with photographs of the Spanish Royal Family during the reign of Alfonso XIII. Decade of the 1920s. MENDIGORRÍA, C. 440, D. 129

Full-body portrait of Queen Isabella II (1830-1904), Photographer: Pedro Martínez de Hebert, circa 1879. Flanked by the head and shoulders photographs of Alfonso XII (1857-1885) and his wife María Cristina de Habsburgo-Lorena (1858-1929). Photographer: Fernando Debás (Madrid). TORRELAGUNA, C.78, D. 5

Alfonso XII (1857-1885), dressed in gala military uniform. Circa 1870. Photographer: E. Otero (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 4

Isabella de Borbón y Borbón (1851-1931), known popularly as "La Chata", Princess of Asturias. Signed and dedicated to Luisa Contreras de Castellamón (12-X-1894, San Ildefonso -Madrid). Photographer: Fernando Debás, (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 21

Postcard with the photograph of Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887-1969), queen consort of Spain and wife of Alfonso XIII, posed reading a book. [Circa 1906]. Photographer: E. R. (Madrid). MENDIGORRÍA, C. 440, D. 140

Official photo of Carlos María de Borbón Austria-Este (1848-1909). Official photographs such as this one, posing with a bull mastiff, are reminiscent of the portraits painted by Titian of his ancestor the emperor Charles V. Photographer: Unknown. TORRELAGUNA, Picture 3.

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