Apr 17, 2014 - Sale 2345

Sale 2345 - Lot 31

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
Group of 5 British photographs depicting spirits appearing before an impervious bearded man. Albumen prints, 5 1/2x4 inches (14x10.2 cm.), on the original mounts, with a "Photographs of the Invisible" caption label on mount verso; Richard Boursnell and J. Evans Sterling (two London Spiritualists) were the photographers. 1895-1896

Additional Details

The photographs were made as a record of spirit visitations but also satirize the "absurd dogma of the resurrection of the body." The caption for the second image reads, "Spirit of a lady unkonwn curiously robed in flowers. Empyreal light on the sitter."