The Martyrdom of St Sebastian, by Oscar Rejlander circa 1867 - the earliest photographic representation of this saint in my collection, all three gathered here.
Complete with the rough edges of which I am so fond, this fascinating photograph on glass was taken in the Atelier Vidal, Paris, 1861 or 1862 - an exceptionally early picture for this collection! The name of the artist’s model is scarcely ever recorded, here it survives as part of the photograph’s recorded title - Joseph Delmas in the costume of Adam.
One of the earliest photographs of the male nude, an anonymous French Daguerreotype circa 1843. The exposure times were long, the poses necessarily static, though the result in this case is surprisingly sharp, and the image enduringly appealing.
An extraordinary and fascinating photographic work here, by Thomas Eakins, captured with a similar technique to Muybridge’s sequential photographs, but here superimposed one over another to create something as bizarre as it is interesting. The leaping model is none other than Eakins himself.
Eadweard Muybridge (1830 - 1904) was a pioneer in his field, developing a technique of multiple cameras to capture movement of human and animal models at various stages in their stride, or whatever requested action was acted out before his array of equipment. Horses were a favoured topic, being of such importance to daily life at the time rather than a mere hobby as they are to many modern horsemen, myself included!
I was originally going to post just the uppermost picture in my collection simply because it turned up in my searching for artistic nudes of the Victorian era, but have since happened across several other plates featuring the same model and horse (a mare named Pandora, I find it delightful to know her name when so many of my pictures are of anonymous subjects!), and thought some of you may find them of interest.