Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Ghost in the Stereoscope

Publisher:
London Stereoscopic Company (British)
Artist:
Unknown
Date:
ca. 1856
Medium:
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives with applied color
Dimensions:
Mount: 8.6 x 17.5 cm (3 3/8 x 6 7/8 in.) Image: 7.8 x 6.5 cm (3 1/16 x 2 9/16 in.) each
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Weston J. Naef, in memory of Kathleen W. Naef and Weston J. Naef Sr., 1982
Accession Number:
1982.1182.1284
Not on view
Founded in 1854, the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company was a major publisher of stereographs-cards with two nearly identical photographs mounted side by side that can be viewed through a binocular device to create an illusion of depth. The firm's output was colossal; their 1858 catalogue listed more than one hundred thousand views. While the majority of these were landscapes or architectural views, there was also a thriving market for staged historical, sentimental, or comic tableaux, which were often hand-colored to enhance their dramatic impact. Among the most popular themes were courtship, marriage, unrequited love, bereavement, children sleeping or praying, fairy tales, fortune telling, and supernatural scenes involving ghosts or spirits.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Mia Fineman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 114, pp. 120, 236.



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