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Title Tombstone Trude Ec. Mr Hopper & self
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 3, 1892
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Alice Austen (right), Mr. Hopper (center), and Trude Eccleston (left) stand near a tombstone with the inscription "NO" visible (the rest of the name NOYES is hidden behind Mr. Hopper). Trude holds a tissue over her eyes and turns her back to the others. Mr. Hopper holds his head in frustration. Alice stands at right, holding a parasol and looking to her left. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Cramer / Crown / No. 387 / Tombstone / Trude Ec. Mr Hopper & self / Fine, bright day in sun / W.L. 10.30 am / Inst quick / 18 ft / Wed. Aug 3d 1892 / Watkins N.Y."
(Keywords: Self Portrait)
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 50.015.6338
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2017.
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