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Posted 4 years ago


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Late 1880s cabinet card image depicting a Bronze Sculpture of "The Wrestlers".

The photograph was taken by Rosch out of ST Louis, Missouri.

The sculpture has a sign, but it is too light to read the full inscription.

Any information on this sculpture or the artist is greatly appreciated.

Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.


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  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks much for looking vetraio!

  2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks eye4-- any familiarity with this artwork?

  3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Yes, it is very light but that is what I see.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    I did a lot of online searching and didn't get anywhere.

    ....maybe you can save me some additional work and figure it out!

    Thanks for the help.

  5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks sarah and amber.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks leah!

  7. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    I wouldn't think it was a trophy eye.

    I think that it is just an artistic representation of Wrestlers. I would think that the artist used two models (one standing, the other lying down) and then just "combined" the two into what he saw as a dramatic action scene. It dates from about 1880s and I think folks of the era (with limited action photography/ not movies or tv) would have been less critical of what our modern eyes see as an unrealistic pose.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    It is an unusual subject matter. That is why I purchased it.

    There are several reasons for taking a photo of artwork-- documentation of an exhibition, ability to show or sell a large piece (catalog). I don't know the why on this particular image.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    You just identified what makes antique images so interesting! Often the "story" behind the pose is lost with time and leaves us all with nothing but speculation.

    In this example, the label with "The Wrestlers" gives a good start point.

    I do not know the WHO or WHERE of the sculpture and was hoping that someone on here might recognize this particular bronze or similar works by the artist.

    ST Louis is most likely the location of the artist or the exhibition.

  10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking freiheit.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    No issue eye4-- WE ALL go on a trip down sentimental lane.

    It is what makes all of these items so special-- that individual spark or memory that it sets off.

    My anti- faceplace postings were tied to the item posted, not the sentimental journey.


  12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking budek.

  13. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks for looking tom!

  14. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks rlwindle.


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