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Oscar Rejlander’s Two Ways of Life

June 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Roy Hawthorne of the Wolverhampton Photographic Society for a fascinating look at Rejlander’s greatest allegorical photograph.

Oscar Rejlander was a celebrated photographer, originating from Sweden, but one who made Wolverhampton his home for much of his life.

In 1856 he made his best-known allegorical work, The Two Ways of Life. Long before modern inventions like Photoshop, this picture was a seamless montage of thirty-two images, made over the course of about six weeks. First exhibited at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857, the work shows a man being lured to paths of vice or virtue by good and bad angels.

The image was considered indecent, but reservations about the work subsided when Queen Victoria ordered a 10-guinea copy to give to Prince Albert. Victoria and Albert would go on to purchase three copies of the work, all of which are now lost.

This talk is free for members, whereas guests will need to provided a donation of £3 on the night. Refreshments will be available free of charge.


June 30
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Wolverhampton Society


Penn United Reformed Church
333 Penn Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 5QF
Wolverhampton, WV4 5QF GB
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