Rare photographs of men embracing intimately in Victorian times, 1850-1890 | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Rare photographs of men embracing intimately in Victorian times, 1850-1890

Victorians were known for their conservative lifestyles, but these paintings show that many men of that era were not afraid to show affection. Provocative black-and-white images from the nineteenth century show men in surprisingly intimate embraces.

They are seen holding hands, wrapping their arms around each other, sitting with their feet on each other's laps, and enjoying intimate physical contact without any apparent concern.

These photographs, mainly stereographs and daguerreotypes, are part of a collection given by Columbia University librarian Herbert Mitchell to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

As you can see, these paintings document men of all social positions, intellectuals, working men, teachers, painters etc. However little is known about the subjects, so their relationship remains open to interpretation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art suggests that the paintings are a "natural and self-conscious intimacy and physical contact that men enjoyed in the pre-Freudian era rather than portraits of lovers held in each other's embrace".

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA