French Parti: Empress Eugenie's Poodle

French Parti Poodle, 1800s

Empress Eugénie's Poodle

André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri  (French Photographer, Paris 1819–1889 Paris)

The Parti Poodle above was owned by Empress Eugenie, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III. The photograph was taken by French photographer Andre Adolphe Eugene Disderi. He owned one of the largest photography studios in France.  He was famous for his popularization of the carte-de-visite, a small albumen print mounted on a card and used as a calling card. In other words he "invented" the calling card, and patented it in 1854. Cartes-de-visite became a fad and were commonly exchanged on birthdays and holidays; the carte-de-visite album became a common feature of Victorian parlours in Europe and the United States. 

Empress Eugenie was the last empress of France; Parti Poodle Owner

 Empress Eugenie of France

Emperor Napoleon III of France, Empress Eugenie, and their only son

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