A man with the posing stand

1/6th plate. Private Collection.

1880’s 1/6th plate. Private Collection.

A good looking, bright-eyed and high-cheekboned gentleman with the hint of a smile. Behind him you can see the foot of the device meant to keep his body still, a ‘posing stand’. Some photos of people with that device are commonly mistaken for post-mortems and unfortunately sold as such for much more than the photographs are worth.

He’s resting his hand on a fringe chair so popular with photographers of the Victorian era. The fringed support area was adjustable and most often used for people to rest their arms on while seated. He looks taller than average for his era too.

(Click for larger image)

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