|Lady in Crinoline|
This carte de visite of a lady wearing a crinoline helps me to build up a picture of the early photographs of Arthur Elsden, a "photographist" of Hertford who set up business in 1857.
The crinoline was at the peak of fashion in about 1860, and the photographer details on the back are comparatively simple and do not mention that Arthur Elsden had been "Patronised by H.R.H. the Price of Wales" - wording which appear of a card from a collection of CDV of schoolboys from Haileybury College which are unlikely to be later than 1871.
This raises an interesting future task - to try and find out when Arthur took a photograph of the Prince of Wales - as any photographs mentioning this must be later. Perhaps the Prince of Wales visited Hertford circa 1870?