The Ostrich. (Struthio Camelus.)

Object Details

Title:

The Ostrich. (Struthio Camelus.)

Artist/Maker:

Frank Haes (English, 1833 - 1916)

Culture:

English

Date:

about 1865

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XC.873.5351

Dimensions:

Mount: 8.1 × 17.3 cm (3 3/16 × 6 13/16 in.)

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The public's appetite for stereoscopic photographs seemed insatiable during the mid-nineteenth century. Two nearly identical prints made with a double-lens camera and pasted on a card created a three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope. Among the many thematic categories issued in commercial catalogues, animal imagery was especially popular. Frank Haes made a reputation for himself by photographing exotic beasts at the London Zoo. The steel bars and makeshift fencing that separate these creatures from the viewer reinforce the animals' treatment as spectacle and entertainment.

Provenance
- 1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
In Focus: Animalia (May 26 to October 18, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 26 to October 18, 2015