Man with 'spirit' of his deceased second wife, 1923.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Man with 'spirit' of his deceased second wife, 1923.

Hope, William

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope (1863-1933). A woman's face appears in 'misty' drapes around the man. He was said to have been asked to sit for a photograph by a voice heard at a seance held on 6 May 1923. This man had also identified the 'spirit' of his deceased first wife in an earlier photograph. He now identified this 'spirit' as his deceased second wife. Hope's spirit album photographs use multiple exposure techniques to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions. Hope founded the spiritualist society known as the Crewe Circle and his work was popular after World War One when many bereaved people were desperate to find evidence of loved ones living beyond the grave. Although his deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator in 1922, he continued to practice.



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