This wonderfully unique object, from the collection of Henry Wellcome, stands perhaps as something of an embodiment itself of the nineteenth century's complex attitudes to sex — at first glance exuding nothing but chasteness cue images of covered-up piano legs, lewd ankles, etc. And indeed, it is perhaps not entirely inappropriate that with this multi-layered painting the eye alone won't do: one must get up close and personal and use one's hands. Contrary to first impressions, the painting is actually made up of three wooden slats — two of which are painted on both sides, the third just on one — all slid into the frame in such a way as to show only the pink and white roses to the world. The other much naughtier scenes must be actively uncovered by those in the know.
Weird Trippy Sex Pictures From Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts
Isis' Wardrobe: A few pictures from the 18th century erotic calendar
Veneres uti observantur in gemmis antiquis. By Pierre d'Hancarville; ; in Naples. A bit of a drifter, d'Hancarville ended up in Naples where he operated as an amateur art dealer and came in contact with the British ambassador to Naples, Sir William Hamilton The works proved popular and spread in both the original French featured above and English translation featured below. As to why the images are presented so small? D'Hancarville states in the preface that at such a size they are closer to the originals and, perhaps more importantly, that they "would have still been more indecent and they been otherwise.
Erotic French Postcards from the Early 20th Century
By Unity Blott For Mailonline. Captured at a time when homosexuality was considered taboo, these remarkable images defiant women who flouted convention in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Kissing, embracing and reclining in intimate positions, the incredible black-and-white photographs provide a rare glimpse into women who dared to display physical love in the s and early s. The images capture Victorian and early-twentieth century females in intimate poses and showing a daring level of openness with one another for the era they were living in. Although some of the fascinating women pictured are understood to be lesbian couples, in some cases there is little information about their sexual orientation - nonetheless it is quite extraordinary that these images survive as many old photos of same-sex couples are believed to have been destroyed by family members.
By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline. At a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence and harsh sentences were brought down upon gay men, these images of male affection from the 19th century are truly remarkable. Embracing each other, holding hands and reclining together, these incredible black-and-white photographs provide a rare glimpse into men showing physical love to other men in the s and early s. The images, taken from various websites, capture Victorian and early-twentieth century males in intimate positions - and showing a daring amount of openness with one another for the time. There is little information about the individuals in the photos and it is quite extraordinary that these images still survive - as many old photos of homosexual couples are believed to have been purposely destroyed by family members.