Franz Liszt, Austrian-Hungarian composer, still looking quite foxy at 47 in 1858.
A physician whose speciality is the disorders of women and with whom I conversed as to the magic which our Liszt exercises on his public, smiled mysteriously and told many things of magnetism, galvanism, electricity, of contagion in an overheated hall…
—Heinrich Heine explains the phenomenon of Lizstomania in 1844.
Submitted by maidith
John Calhoun Chamberlain, Civil War chaplain for the 11th Maine and brother to Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, famous for leading the bayonet charge defense of Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA, in July of 1863.
Died at 29 after surviving the war.
The handsomest young man in England!
Poet Rupert Brooke, who Yeats called “the handsomest young man in England” and who Virginia Woolf bragged about skinny-dipping with, posing as Comus, the Greek god of “nocturnal dalliances" sometime prior to 1915, the year he died of an infected mosquito bite off the coast of Greece.
ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, possibly a medical student or anthropologist, among a collection of skulls]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
From the submitter maidith
Daguerreotype of Charles Des Voeux, taken in 1845. He was an officer aboard the HMS Erebus, one of the ships of the doomed Franklin Expedition.
From submitter fairweatherfrey:
Full-length portrait of an unidentified man, photographed by E. E. Henry between 1875 and 1885 in Leavenworth, Kansas. From the Amon Carter Museum’s digital collection.
Damn, just look at that posture.
Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain c. 1851, when the author was just sixteen. This daguerreotype graces the cover of the second volume of Twain’s autobiography, which will be published on October 5, 2013.
1850’s daguerreotype of a unidentified man with black leather gloves.
Submitted by Sarah
From the submitter howpaperrusts:
"Pantomimist" 1870s, tintypes of Fawdon Vokes, né Walter Fawdon (from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Fall 2012)
"[He] joined the ranks of the Vokes Family, a group of London performers who toured the United States beginning in 1872. Somewhere on tour, perhaps in Philadelphia, Vokes stopped at a portrait studio to act his roles before the camera."
Horace Hopkins Coolidge, age 22, on his graduation from Harvard College, class of 1852. (Harvard Archives)
Among the many gifts his fairy godmother endowed on Horace Coolidge were a genial charm of manner, a rare tenderness and a spirit of living kindness, and a loyalty in friendship which made him dearly loved by all who knew him.
After graduating, he did what many young men of his time did, and traveled to Egypt for two years, returning to Boston to marry his sweetheart and become a lawyer.