Rejlander Introduces Rejlander..., about 1865
© Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
A pair of self-portraits, taken by Oscar Gustav Rejlander (1813-1875), in about 1865. In this humorous composite print Rejlander combines two photographs of himself. Dressed as an artist, Rejlander is painting himself in the uniform of a volunteer soldier.In the early 1860s, fear of invasion by France led to the establishment of a volunteer defence force in Britain. Rejlander joined the 1st Wolverhampton Volunteer Company in 1860. An excellent shot, he won prizes for his marksmanship. A trained artist, Rejlander first took up photography as an adjunct to painting. Later, he developed a technique of combining multiple negatives to produce a single print. Rejlander provided the photographic illustrations for Charles Darwins (1809-1882) book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, published in London in 1872.