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A clergyman and two spirits

Creator: William Hope (1863 - 1933)

Date: c. 1920

Collection: National Media Museum Collection

Inventory no: 2002-5054/7

Blog: G is for ghosts... the birth and rise of spirit photography


The clergyman and his wife had attended a seance at which a voice was heard, claiming to be their stillborn daughter - whom the 'spirit people' had named Rose. The voice asked them to sit for a psychic photograph, telling them she would try to appear in it.


'Rose' is not clearly apparent in the image. The image of the man was identified as the long-deceased father of the clergyman. Hope may have asked the clergyman to bring a photograph of his father, under the pretence of using the image to contact the spirit world.




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Taken circa 1920