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Photograph (Albumen Print, Carte de Visite) of Giuseppe Garibaldi with his Leg in Traction, Accompanied by his Doctor, by Pierre Warner, 1862

Inventory Number: 12105
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Persons: Pierre Warner (Photographer)
Giuseppe Garibaldi (Subject)
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Brief Description: Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Portrait of Garibaldi, sitting up in a hospital bed wearing his famous red shirt and with his leg in plaster and in traction, accompanied by his doctor posed as if taking Garibaldi's pulse. Surface damaged and ink stained in lower part of front, removing some of the caption but only slightly affecting the photograph.
This unusual hospital portrait is evidently a contrived or composite image, and probably a fake: the heads may well be superimposed on the bodies (in which case the leg is presumably not Garibaldi's). The background is painted, though the barred window is accurate. Garibaldi was shot in the foot during a brief military action on August 28, 1862, and hospitalised as a prisoner. He was the most famous military and revolutionary hero in Europe, and so the photograph accurately represents (and exploits) the huge public interest in his wellbeing at that time. In view of the caption (the doctor's declaration that amputation was not necessary) it could even be regarded as the carte de visite aspiring to the role of news medium. See also 12102, 12103, and 12104.
Primary Inscriptions: Printed photographer's name and caption on front of mount: 'Pierre Warner. | [damaged] déclarant que l'amputation | [damaged] est pas nécessaire.'.
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Material(s): Paper
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
105 67 mm


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