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Family group with two 'spirits', c 1920.

Hope, William

Family group with two 'spirits', c 1920.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


A photograph of a family group, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933). Two faces - that of a man and a girl - appear, surrounded in 'mist', above the group. 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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