Woman with two boys and a woman's 'spirit'

Made:
c. 1920 in England
maker:
William Hope
Woman with two boys and a 'female spirit'
      A portrait photograph of a woman with two boys, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920

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Woman with two boys and a 'female spirit' A portrait photograph of a woman with two boys, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920
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A portrait photograph of a woman with two boys, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. A woman's face draped in a transparent cloak appears over the group.

A portrait photograph of a woman with two boys, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920.

A woman's face draped in a transparent cloak appears over the group. 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:
2002-5054/17/1
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford