Photographed in Rome circa 1900, by Guglielmo Plüschow.

Photographed in Rome circa 1900, by Guglielmo Plüschow.

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Muscular trio, photographed around 1900.

Source: antique-erotic, specifically here.

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. 

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!

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 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.

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.

Fascinating though they are, stereoscopic shots of male nudes are rare, but every now and then one featuring fine fellows wearing nothing but a wisp of white pencilling does turn up! A reader was kind enough to tip me off, last time I posted a set like this, that we can infact view them in the intended three-dimensional effect - do you remember Magic Eye books, and how to see the patterns in them leap from the page into floating shapes and scenes? The same technique can be used here, allowing the pictures to cross and merge til they become 3D Victorian chaps before your very eyes! 

Fascinating though they are, stereoscopic shots of male nudes are rare, but every now and then one featuring fine fellows wearing nothing but a wisp of white pencilling does turn up! 
A reader was kind enough to tip me off, last time I posted a set like this, that we can infact view them in the intended three-dimensional effect - do you remember Magic Eye books, and how to see the patterns in them leap from the page into floating shapes and scenes? The same technique can be used here, allowing the pictures to cross and merge til they become 3D Victorian chaps before your very eyes! 

A second photograph of the mightily well-muscled gent last seen here, all the more impressive as his image was captured in the latter 1850s, well before the rise of body-building, and the advent of modern sports nutrition and workout programmes. Some have expressed doubt that these early physique photographs are anything more than recent dishonest edits of present day models : I can assure you they are entirely genuine and feature men who lived in excess of a century ago.

A second photograph of the mightily well-muscled gent last seen here, all the more impressive as his image was captured in the latter 1850s, well before the rise of body-building, and the advent of modern sports nutrition and workout programmes. Some have expressed doubt that these early physique photographs are anything more than recent dishonest edits of present day models : I can assure you they are entirely genuine and feature men who lived in excess of a century ago.

An exceptional example of Edwardian pornography, this remarkably racy photograph dates to the first few years of the 20th century. Though all three men are taking part in acting out this salacious scene of explicit sexuality, only one has seen fit to remove his socks and suspenders first - something of a habit in this era : perhaps they were viewed as more erotic attire than now!

An exceptional example of Edwardian pornography, this remarkably racy photograph dates to the first few years of the 20th century. Though all three men are taking part in acting out this salacious scene of explicit sexuality, only one has seen fit to remove his socks and suspenders first - something of a habit in this era : perhaps they were viewed as more erotic attire than now!

Another pair in rather covetable hats, perching atop a very odd item of furniture indeed! Note the hand-tinted blush to their cheeks, a charming habit of the portrait photographers at the time; not able to produce a believable fully coloured photograph due to the time and artistic skill it would take painting in shaded and varied tones to bring the black and white to life, they would carefully add a little soft colour here and there.

Another pair in rather covetable hats, perching atop a very odd item of furniture indeed! Note the hand-tinted blush to their cheeks, a charming habit of the portrait photographers at the time; not able to produce a believable fully coloured photograph due to the time and artistic skill it would take painting in shaded and varied tones to bring the black and white to life, they would carefully add a little soft colour here and there.

By the renowned Wilhelm von Gloeden, prolific pioneer of outdoor artistic nude photography in the late 19th Century. Long shapely legs outstretched, toned muscles held taut, this amateur model strikes his best pose and is immortalised in print; a century on I cannot help but wonder how many have beheld his fine image - more than he ever would have dreamed possible!

By the renowned Wilhelm von Gloeden, prolific pioneer of outdoor artistic nude photography in the late 19th Century. Long shapely legs outstretched, toned muscles held taut, this amateur model strikes his best pose and is immortalised in print; a century on I cannot help but wonder how many have beheld his fine image - more than he ever would have dreamed possible!

Wonderfully lit to highlight the defined curves of this handsome model’s magnificently built body, an unknown 19th Century photographer has captured a fantastic shot of male beauty : strong, sensual, deeply masculine.

Wonderfully lit to highlight the defined curves of this handsome model’s magnificently built body, an unknown 19th Century photographer has captured a fantastic shot of male beauty : strong, sensual, deeply masculine.

Thomas Eakins and John Laurie Wallace pose nude by the shoreline circa 1883 - a lovely and much less often-seen shot to go with the more widely circulated rear view of the same two men,

Thomas Eakins and John Laurie Wallace pose nude by the shoreline circa 1883 - a lovely and much less often-seen shot to go with the more widely circulated rear view of the same two men,

A much-appreciated donation from generous reader Yanni, here Maurice Deriaz poses in the studio of French artist Gustave-Claude-Étienne Courtois, who painted him in 1907, 1912 and 1913. He made a magnificent model for these works, his performances and impressive physique bringing him fame across Europe, displaying feats of strength and gymnastic skill, and becoming a champion Greco-Roman wrestler. Further details of both painter and sitter can be found here, as well as the three paintings which resulted from the modelling sessions captured above.

A much-appreciated donation from generous reader Yanni, here Maurice Deriaz poses in the studio of French artist Gustave-Claude-Étienne Courtois, who painted him in 1907, 1912 and 1913. He made a magnificent model for these works, his performances and impressive physique bringing him fame across Europe, displaying feats of strength and gymnastic skill, and becoming a champion Greco-Roman wrestler. Further details of both painter and sitter can be found here, as well as the three paintings which resulted from the modelling sessions captured above.

My, what wonderfully intense eyes has the fellow on the left! I’d love to know more about the origin of this photograph, or the handsome sitters in it - perhaps to those with a more trained eye than mine, their clothes may offer clues to their likely nationality or location? Do let me know if you have any guesses, and I will be pleased to add them to this post!

My, what wonderfully intense eyes has the fellow on the left! I’d love to know more about the origin of this photograph, or the handsome sitters in it - perhaps to those with a more trained eye than mine, their clothes may offer clues to their likely nationality or location? Do let me know if you have any guesses, and I will be pleased to add them to this post!