From: Judy Seigel (email@example.com)
Date: 10/18/03-08:19:03 PM Z
On Sun, 19 Oct 2003, Kate Mahoney wrote:
> "but bare children
> > > in everyday life or
> > > frolicking in the woods - I don't think so......."
> This only referred to the upper and middle class British Victorian milieu -
> not any other. And my children were pretty keen on nakedness when we lived
> somewhere warm...here in the south of New Zealand nakedness is much more
> life-threatening...I think it's all a matter of climate!
> Kate Mahoney
I suspect it's as much if not more an issue of "real life" vs. "art."
For instance this afternoon I moved a pile of papers on the table and
uncovered the American Annual of Photography and Photographic Times
Almanac for 1901 with the aforementioned DeMachy's.
Leafing through I found:
page 57, Naked boy standing in the woods, about 14 years old, title is
"Listening" by Herbert A. Hess. He's turned about 3/4 away from us, but
has a really cute ass... why he's standing hand on hip and "listening" is
anyone's guess, but he looks about as silly, posed, and uncomfortable as
page 93, This is the first of the 2 Demachy's -- naked girl about 9 I'd
say, lying prone in a cloud of chiffon which hides zip. She looks up
coyly, one foot cocked. Title is "Innocence." Right.
page 147, This is a brownish repro by "The Albertype co of Brooklyn" of a
Gertrude Kasebier titled "Mother & Child." The mother bending down behind
the child holds both her hands. A sign of Kasebier's genius IMO is the
full frontal nudity of perhaps 4 year old girl looking wholesome, natural
and full of life.
page 206, Six boys about 10 to 14 splash in a river, one of them in
underpants, the others naked, but either waist deep in water or facing
away from us. Signed "Wolfgang." A purely routine staged shot, not
especially stupid, tho hardly "art."
page 217, Looks like 4 of the same boys, except this one is titled "In
Arcadia" & is by Herbert A. Hess. They're naked except one is draped with
a fur pelt of some kind, 3 have weird headresses of leaves, one plays a
pipe of some sort, and all (discreetly non-frontal) sit of lie face down
in the mud of the river bank looking EXCRUCIATINGLY miserable &
page 222, This is the other Demachy, also a lunette shape,the same girl
sans chiffon, semi-prone, knees up, discreetly hiding you know what,
titled "study of a child."
page 256, Probably a two or 3-year old, mother naked, on hands and knees
on a shag rug, side view, by W. Blackburn.
In the back of the book ads, photograph of a bas relief of naked nymph
type with garlands and 2 cherubs, one naked, the other pulling up his
skirt... (don't ask me, I didn't do it). Ad for The Austin Engraving Co.
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