Handsome Portrait of a Barrister or Mid-Level Law Court
Sized 4 3/16" by 6 5/8". Photographer is V. Srivkin in the
city of Ryzan. Barrister has silver law devices (imperial
crown on top of a pillar labeled "The Law") on the points of
his velvet coat collar. Silver or gold bullion shoulder
straps, buttons show law devices, too. Art Nouveau reverse
shows sign of having been hinged in an album and bears a one
word inscription in ink.
Excellent condition. Barely noticeable slight smudges to
surface of photograph, not affecting the central image.
The printed imagery on the reverse would date this cabinet
card to the 1890s, at least a generation after Western
European men had given up wearing Napoleon III mustaches and
goatees (in the aftermath of the French defeat at the hands of
the Germans in 1871)