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Title Tombstone Trude & Mr Hopper approaching
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 3, 1892
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Mr. Hopper and Trude Eccleston stand side by side next to a tombstone which has the inscription "NOYES." Trude is smiling as she looks down at a small bouquet of flowers in her hands. Mr. Hopper holds a parasol above their heads. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Cramer / crown / No. 383 / Tombstone / Trude & Mr Hopper / approaching / Fine, bright day, in sun / W.L. / 9.45 am / 25 ft / Inst quick / Wed. Aug 3d / 1892 / Watkins NY."
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This is one of six photos that Alice Austen staged in front of a tombstone in Watkins, New York. She carefully positioned herself and her friends Trude Eccleston and Mr. Hopper to make a play on the name "NOYES," covering part of the name so that it showed as "NO" or "YES." The photos suggest romantic love and spurned affections.
Earliest Date 1892
Latest Date 1892
Subjects Cemeteries
Courtship
Tableaux
Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Catalog Number 50.015.5464
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2017.
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