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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Alas poor Yorick!

    I don't usually buy European views but made an exception for this great image.

    Skeleton and skull images have a strong collector following and this is one of the better ones that I have encountered.

    This 1860s carte de visite was photographed by Clayden and Fewings of Faringdon, UK.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.


    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Paper weight.
    2. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      I would love to know the book titles, then it might be easier to determine if this is staged or if he is a studious medic or just a ghoul lol.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks buss and racer. The skull is just an interesting prop-- and not often seen in early images.

    4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
      The phrenology head on the table seems to tell us that the man on the portrait must be a doctr, most probably a psychiatrist...
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
      Karen, according to the back courtain it looks like a studio, but probably the model brought some stuff he wanted to be photographed with... i don't think any photographer would have a phrenology head or a skull!
    6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Could be austro-- thanks for looking and commenting!

    7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks roy and vo.

    8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks gate and pw!

    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      I grew up with a scull on the shelf in a closet. As a kid, I thought everybody had one. Father was a doctor.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      I have a few images of Docs with skulls, so it could be an indicator of that profession:

      Thanks buss!

    11. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much fran.

    12. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 2 years ago
      Always fascinated by your posts Scott. Not an old cabinet photo collector but easy to see how one could easily become interested. Great stuff, enjoy these posts.
    13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much nobucks-- appreciate your interest and taking the time to add a comment.


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