An actor poses as a classical sculpture of a gladiator. Photographic postcard, 190-.
- [between 1900 and 1909?]
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He holds a sword and raises one hand, wearing a loin cloth and a Roman centurion's helmet. He wears white make-up on his face and body and stands on a small plinth
Nudity presented as 'Art'. The 'Pose plastique' was a form of entertainment, originating in the French court of the eighteenth century, known as 'Tableau vivant' in which people posed as works of art, without moving. The group illustrated here, The Seldoms, were an extremely popular British music-hall turn in the years before World War I, re-enacting scenes from classical and mythological sources, as well as popular works of sculpture. They explored the full erotic potential of this form of early performance art (James Gardiner)
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Unlabelled photograph album
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The James Gardiner Collection
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