The term "Victorian" is an Anglophone word that applies to the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1901. I use the words "Early Victorian" to mean an era characterized by wide dresses, supported after about 1857 by metal hoop cages called "crinolines" (click here for the origin of the word "crinoline"). However, this period spans other cultural eras - namely the later part of the Romantic Era that spanned from 1815, the end of the Napoleonic Wars, to 1850, when the Industrial Revolution really took over. In the German world, the period from 1815 to 1848 is called "Biedermeier."
Fashion evolved from Empire styles to wide skirts and huge sleeves between 1815 and 1836 and I believe that a form set in in 1837 steadily evolved through 1869. In 1889 dresses developed bustle-like shapes that solidified in the early 1870s. I close the Early Victorian era with 1870, the year the Franco-Prussian War broke out that would end the Second Empire. The bustle was already entrenching itself when the Franco-Prussian War changed history for another 119 years (the aftermath finally settled out with the formation of the EU and the fall of the Berlin Wall).
This is a big set of images for four reasons. First, more dresses and art survive from this period because it is so recent. Second, more portrait artists were working leaving a lush record, especially of evening and special occasion dresses. Third, the technology of printing evolved so there are numerous prints and illustrated papers, especially The Illustrated London News that I just call "ILN" in my files, that print images are widely available. Finally, last but most important, Louis Daguerre invented photogrphy and it was made openly available in 1839. Even before George Eastman invented the snapshot ("Kodak") camera and roll film, photography made it very easy to proliferate the number of portraits and images. Others developed cartes de visite and cabinet cards with celebrity images that are frequently sold on eBay.
The albums are:
"Early" "Victorian" - 1837 - 1870 - with discrete images as well as these subalbums:
Empress Eugenie that has these Albumettes -
Malcy Berthier, NEW
Empress Elisabeth of Austria and her Sisters that has these Albumettes -
Albumette: Empress Elisabeth of Austria - Sissi that has this collection:
Princess Royal Victoria and Princesses Alice, Helena, and Louise - Queen Victoria's older daughters that has these Albumettes -
Beatrix Craven, NEW
with discrete images as well as these subalbums: