The handsome Edoardo from Naples, by Plüschow circa 1895 - quite possibly the same day as he received that famous kiss from his friend Vincenzo, said to be the first kiss between men ever to be photographed. We have seen him pose alone before, here and here.
A regrettably small but undoubtedly smutty photograph from around 1910; it is always such a pleasant surprise when more pornography from this era comes to light that even a tiny image, of admittedly a rather unprepossessing pose, should appear!
Although the darkened grainy gloom of this photograph is merely the result of the inefficiency of early cameras, it certainly makes for an artistically atmospheric effect, when looked at from an aesthetic point of view rather than evaluating the technical side! Taken by Jean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu in association with Eugène Delacroix, circa 1855.
A stunning young man of classical beauty, such a lovely face and long willowy limbs! With his dark softly curling hair garlanded with leaves, the deep shadows draw attention to each fine feature of his face; soulful downcast eyes, a noble nose, the pretty deep bow of his upper lip, even the cleft in his chin. Captured in his perfection by Wilhelm von Gloeden at the very end of the 19th Century, for written on the back of the photograph are the words deponirt 18 nov. 1899
My thanks go out to the generous reader who sent in a copy of this photograph for the collection here : found in an antique shop in Nashville with nothing written on the reverse, neither he nor I can offer any further information, or a definite date : it could be a little late for our intended era, but it is interesting to include nevertheless.
A simply beautiful curly-haired young man, photographed in the garden by Wilhelm von Gloeden, circa 1890.
Despite being of poor quality, this is nevertheless an interesting addition to the collection, a third shot from the waterside showing Thomas Eakins and John Laurie Wallace, in 1883. The others may be seen here and here.
An anoymous photograph, circa 1855 - perhaps we might eventually identify the studio by the particularly distinctive volcano backdrop!
I cannot help but be curious - what has been cut from the middle of this photograph of three dapper chaps in straw boaters, and for what reason?
Muscular trio, photographed around 1900.
I had always intended to arrange these six photographs as a set once I had posted them all singly, now I need not take the trouble as someone else has done so!
Vincenzo Galdi as a smouldering, sultry young man of nineteen, posing for Guglielmo Plüschow in Naples c1890, dainty narcissus flowers tied into his tousled black curls.
Another appeal for information on an interesting but somewhat baffling photograph : if any of my dear knowledgeable readers can enlighten us as to the meaning of the little painted sign set here between the sitters, I would be delighted to add an explanation to this post!
An exquisite image of male beauty, pure perfection of lovely long legs, toned muscles, easy natural grace in every inch of their being. Titled Ragazzi napoletani sulla riva del mare (Neapolitan boys by the seaside), we can but imagine the slow soothing sound of the clear, bright, Mediterranean sea, the smell of it on the warm air, the sticky saltiness on skin, the cries of seabirds wheeling overhead…all in our minds, musing on the long-passed gloriously sunny day this was taken. None live now who were there, the models and their photographer long gone, but a moment was captured and made to last forever, for those who look on it now, and imagine.
An astonishing additional photograph from the 19th century set featuring these two amorous sailors’ antics ‘aboard ship’ (it is of course a painted backdrop in a studio, with a couple of well-placed nautical props). The first rather chaste & charming, the second more explicit, I’m overjoyed to add a third to the collection.