Classical and Museum Views

Almost the first use to which stereoscopic photography was put was recording museum works of art. Fine photographers, for example Roger Fenton, William England, Charles E. Goodman and T.R. Williams, were employed by the British Museum and others to provide a three dimensional record of their exhibits. Therefore most of the views on these pages date from the 1850s and are of very high quality as regards lighting, presentation and processing.
Many of the works illustrate the nude female form - the only socially acceptable method of viewing in Victorian times. This had unfortunate repercussions in the case of John Ruskin who, having been brought up on classical statuary, was horrified on his wedding night to discover that his wife, on disrobing, sported hair on places other than her head. He never consummated his marriage to Effie Gray and, when she sought an annulment, forced her to undergo a humiliating intimate medical examination before a number of doctors to prove her case. She found solace in the arms of the artist Millais, married him and bore him eight children, so they definately consummated theirs!
 

Please note: There are many grey and blue mount views dating from the 1850s in these pages. Unluke most views from this period, the majority are in near perfect condition. The reason for this is simple - kids had no interest in them!
 


'Struggle for the Heart by Fiaminga'.
Condition. Very slight crease in center.
Order #131.
Price $8.
 


Untitled version of 'Struggle for the Heart by Fiaminga'.
Condition 8.
Order #132.
Price $8.
 


'Puck. From the original model in the Exhibition. 1851'.
Condition 8.
Order #133.
Price $10.
 


'Burns Cottage Children'. London Stereo blindstamp. Late 1850s version.
Condition 8.
Order #134.
Price $8.
 


'Cottage Children'. London Stereo blindstamp. Earlier version c. 1857.
Condition 8.
Order #135.
Price $8.
 


'Reflection'.
Condition 8.
Order #136.
Price $8.
 


'Playfulness', from the original statuette by George Halse'.
Condition 8.
Order #137.
Price $8.
 
 


Untitled but is 'The Hop Picker'.
Condition 8 but one soft bent corner.
Order #138.
Price $6.
 


'The Hop Picker'.
Condition 7.
Order #139.
Price $6.
 


'Queen Victoria'.
Condition 8.
Order #140.
Price $12.
 


'The Maid of Athens by Edgar Papworth Sen. The original in the collection of HRH The Prince Consort'.
Condition 7.
Order #141.
Price $6.
 


'Wellington'.
Condition 8.
Order #142.
Price $10.
 


'Wellington'. More contrast on this one.
Condition 8.
Order #143.
Price $12.
 


An early view of the 'Iron Duke'. Wellington died in 1852 and I doubt whether he was very 'late' when this view was produced.
Condition 7.
Order #144.
Price $8.
 


Untitled. Is this Cicero?
Condition. Difference in images views out.
Order #145.
Price $6.
 


'The Rev. C.H. Spurgeon'. Spurgeon was an American evangelical preacher who drew huge crowds to his sermons in Europe. Click  HERE for more information.
Condition. Difference in images views out.
Order #146.
Price $12.
 


'General Sir H. Havelock C.B.'. Who? I hear you ask. Click  HERE to be enlightened.
Condition 7.
Order #147.
Price $8.
 


'Havelock'. Plus eulogy poem beginning 'He is gone!' (so you can guess the rest).
Condition 10.
Order #148.
Price $10.
 


'Lurline'. London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition 8.
Order #150.
Price $8.
 


'Lurline'.
Condition. Small losses at the bottom of right image.
Order #6301.
Price $5.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #6303.
Price $8.
 


'Paul and Virginia'. By Cumberworth.
Condition 8.
Order #6304.
Price $8.
 


'Italian Tambourine Girl'. London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition 8.
Order #6305.
Price $8.
 


Goodman. 'Ariadne'.
Condition 8.
Order #6306.
Price $10.
 


Untitled mother and baby.
Condition 7.
Order #6309.
Price $6.
 


'Una and the Lion'.
Condition 8.
Order #6310.
Price $8.
 


'Una and the Lion'.
Condition 8.
Order #6311.
Price $8.
 


'Diana'.
Condition. Light surface marks.
Order #6312.
Price $6.
 


Untitled.
Condition 9.
Order #6313.
Price $5.
 


'Storm'.
Condition 9.
Order #6314.
Price $8.
 


'Miss Florence Nightingale, by T. Phyffers'. Plus Lady of the Lamp poem by Longfellow. London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition 9.
Order #6315.
Price $12.
 


'Miss Florence Nightingale, by T. Phyffers'. Plus Lady of the Lamp poem by Longfellow. Interesting variation with mirror effect.
Condition 8.
Order #6316.
Price $12.
 


C.E. Goodman. 'Resignation'.
Condition 7.
Order #6317.
Price $6.
 


'Flora and Pomona'.
Condition 7.
Order #6318.
Price $6.
 


'Eve Tempted'.
Condition. Slight mark on left image.
Order #6319.
Price $6.
 


'Naomi and her daughters in law'.
Condition 6.
Order #6321.
Price $3.
 


C.E. Goodman. 'Pandora'.
Condition 7.
Order #6323.
Price $5.
 


'Eve Tempting'.
Condition 8.
Order #6324.
Price $8.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Surface scratches.
Order #6325.
Price $3.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8/9.
Order #6326.
Price $6.
 


'Fairy Cap'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #6327.
Price $8.
 


Untitled version of Dorothea by Bell.
Condition. Difference in images views out.
Order #6328.
Price $6.
 


Underwood/Bierstadt. 'Bathing Girl'.
Condition 8.
Order #6329.
Price $5.
 


'Venus'. Later view.
Condition 7.
Order #6330.
Price $4.
 


Untitled - is this Rebecca at the well?
Condition 8/9.
Order #6331.
Price $8.
 
 


'Pysche Veiled'.
Condition 8.
Order #6332.
Price $8.
 


'Eve at the Fountain'. Alexis Fay retailer's stamp.
Condition 8/9.
Order #6333.
Price $10.
 


Goodman. 'Psyche'.
Condition 9.
Order #6334.
Price $15.
 


'Resignation'.
Condition 8.
Order #6335.
Price $8.
 


'Sea Nymph'.
Condition 8.
Order #6337.
Price $8.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7.
Order #6338.
Price $8.
 


'Sabrina'.
Condition 9.
Order #6339.
Price $8.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #6340.
Price $8.
 


'Burns Highland Mary'.
Condition 7.
Order #6341.
Price $6.
 


'Ino and Bacchus'.
Condition 8.
Order #6343.
Price $8.
 


Goodman 'Ino and Bacchus'.
Condition. Processing mark on left image.
Order #6344.
Price $12.
 


Goodman 'The Amazon'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #6345.
Price $12.
 


Untitled.
Condition 7.
Order #6346.
Price $8.
 


Untitled.
Condition 8.
Order #6347.
Price $8.
 
 


London Stereoscopic. 'Captain Shandy and Mrs Wadman'.
Condition. Slight damage to top left corner of mount.
Order #7757.
Price $8.
 


'David and Goliath'.
Condition. Light images but much as produced.
Order #7758.
Price $4.
 


'Golden Age by Beattie'.
Condition. Stains on left image.
Order #7759.
Price $2.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Slight mount split thru center.
Order #7762.
Price $5.
 


William England. Gems of Statuary. 77. Return from the Vintage.
Condition 8/9.
Order #7763.
Price $12.
 


London Stereoscopic blindstamp. 'The Young Naturalist'.
Condition 8.
Order #7764.
Price $8.
 
 

The rest of this page should probably be in the Natural History section but as they are museum scenes they have ended up here. The following are thin mount silver gelatin early 20th century views in the Countryside Stereograph, Natural History Museum Series, and have a descriptive text on the back.


'No 1. African elephant'.
Condition. Slight crease to bottom left corner of mount.
Order #7770.
Price $4.
 


'No 2. Sperm whale'.
Condition 9.
Order #7771.
Price $4.
 


'No 14. Northern rorqual'.
Condition 9.
Order #7777.
Price $4.
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