Mrs Bentley with her sister's 'spirit'

Made:
c. 1920 in England
maker:
Edward Wylie
Mrs Bentley and the 'spirit' of her deceased sister
      A photograph of Mrs Bentley, once the President of the British Spiritualists Lyceum Union, taken by Wylie, about 1920

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Mrs Bentley and the 'spirit' of her deceased sister A photograph of Mrs Bentley, once the President of the British Spiritualists Lyceum Union, taken by Wylie, about 1920
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A photograph of Mrs Bentley, once the President of the British Spiritualists Lyceum Union, taken by Edward Wylie, about 1920. A superimposed image - that of Mrs Bentley's deceased sister's face - appears at the lower right of the photograph.

A photograph of Mrs Bentley, once the President of the British Spiritualists Lyceum Union, taken by Edward Wylie, about 1920.

A superimposed image - that of Mrs Bentley's deceased sister's face - appears at the lower right of the photograph. William Hope's spirit album photographs use double and triple exposure techniques to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions around the sitter.

Hope's work gained momentum in the aftermath of World War One, a time when many bereaved people were desperate to find evidence of loved ones living beyond the grave. Although his deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator, Harry Price (1881-1948), in 1922, Hope continued to practice.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
2002-5054/12
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford