|Born in Versailles on 29 October 1808, Paul Ernest de Royer was a lawyer and politician. He was Minister of Justice for three months in 1851 and again from 1857 to 1859. He was also Président de la cour des comtes [President of the Court of Accounts] from 1863 to 1877.
Paul de Royer died in Paris on 13 December 1877.
One occasionally sees this sitter misidentified as [Alphonse] ‘de Royer, Directeur de l’Opéra’ and indeed, one of these two cartes has just such an inscription verso in a period hand. However, this sitter is included in Disdéri’s multiple portrait of French ministers, so is quite definitely Paul de Royer, the Minister of Justice.
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