James Gardiner Collection: unlabelled photograph album.

[between 1890 and 1999?]
Part of:
The James Gardiner Collection.
  • Pictures

Collection contents

Online resources

  • Related materials at Wellcome Library Listen to an interview with James Gardiner: View resource

About this work

Also known as

Previous title: Black Album unlabelled


The album contains a mixture of 241 photographs, process prints and postcards depicting classical sculptures and paintings of Greek and Roman mythological figures and images inspired by classical ideals of the male body. This includes ethnographic and sicilian photographs by Von Gloeden and Von Pluschow, and photographs of athletes, acrobats, boxers, wrestlers and strongmen, ca. 1890-1930. The album ends with explictly homoerotic nude images including some pornographic images.

Some of the records contain a description provided by James Gardiner which may include his own interpretation or further contextual information on the image and its subjects. Many of the postcards include inscribed dedications on the front and some also contain messages on the reverse.


[between 1890 and 1999?]

Physical description

1 album : photographic prints, process prints


Wellcome Collection 2914634i


Where to find it

  • Unlabelled photograph album

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