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A harem setting: group scene in the 'Exotic' court

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stereoscopic photograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 546, box A

Physical description

Tissue stereograph, using the albumen printing process, depicting a tableaux in a harem setting, a group scene in the 'Exotic' court. A central male figure is shown reclining with male and female figures around him. Hand-coloured on the reverse and intended to be viewed as a transparency as the tissue has been lightly pricked at the positions of the candles in the image to give the effect, when held to the light, that the candles are alight and glowing. Lettered on the back with a name.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


late 19th century (made)


Unknown (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Stereoscopic photograph

Marks and inscriptions

Joseph Chadwick Peatson
Lettered on the back


Height: 8.3 cm Size of card, Width: 17.1 cm

Descriptive line

Stereoscopic photograph depicting a tableaux in a harem setting, a group scene in the 'Exotic' court. 19th century.


Card; Tissue



Subjects depicted

Erotic; Stereoscopes; Stereograph; Harem; Exoticism; Courts; Sexuality


Photographs; Gender and Sexuality; LGBTQ


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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