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Leopoldo Fregoli, in drag, poses in several inset portraits. Process print, 1903.

Date
1903
Reference
2044509i
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Description

Leopoldo Fregoli wears different costumes within five inset portraits, including one with a guitar and summer hat. Leopoldo Fregoli (Italian, 1867-1936) was the greatest 'protean' quick-change artist ever seen on the stage. This card shows him in just a few of his male and female disguises. He would play dozens of different characters in the course of his act, with total transformations being achieved in seconds. An international sensation, he appeared at the Palace Theatre London under the aegis of Alfred Moul in 1897. His name has been attached to 'Fregoli delusion' or 'Fregoli syndrome', a rare disorder whereby sufferers have a delusional paranoid belief that they are being persecuted by someone able to adopt different disguises (James Gardiner)

Publication/Creation

Milano : Garzini e Pezzini, 1903.

Physical description

1 print : process print ; sheet 9 x 14 cm

Lettering

Fregoli camaleonte

Lettering note

"Fregoli camaleonte", i.e. Fregoli the chameleon

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2044509i

Languages

  • Italian


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  • The James Gardiner Collection

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  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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