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An actor poses as a classical sculpture of a gladiator. Photographic postcard, 190-.

Date
[between 1900 and 1909?]
Reference
2046160i
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Description

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)

Publication/Creation

[England] : Rotary photo E.C., [between 1900 and 1909?] (Printed in England)

Physical description

1 photograph : photoprint ; sheet 13.7 x 8.8 cm.

Lettering

"Ready for the fight". The Seldoms at the London Pavilion. Rotary photo E. C.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2046160i

Languages

  • English


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  • Unlabelled photograph album

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