The Ricardo Album

This fine Victorian photograph album contains 268 prints dating from about 1855 to 1861, on 83 exquisitely hand-decorated pages. It measures 30.48 × 38.1 cm (12 × 15″). The album was compiled by Mrs. Charlotte Ricardo, wife of Albert Ricardo. The Ricardos lived at Ray Mead Cottage in Maidenhead, a Thames riverside town, four miles from Windsor Castle and 29 miles west of London.

Some remarkable stories have been uncovered in researching the photographs in The Ricardo Album, which will be related in the captions attached to the photographs. You can explore the pages in order, browse a visual overview of the album, or use the box below to search the captions. You can also read about the history behind the album and explore a library of related resources.

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Text captions © Susan C. Djabri and Myrna Goldware