George Henry Seeleyabout 1903

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Seeley took up photography after studying art in Boston and becoming acquainted with Fred Holland Day. Seeley became known for making highly idealized figure studies that often suggest imagery created by British poets of the Romantic movement--William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The model in this photograph carries a lyre and may represent Orpheus, a mythological Greek musician and a popular subject for nineteenthcentury poets. In his 1821 poem "Hellas," Shelley wrote: "A loftier Argo cleaves the main, / Fraught with a later prize; /Another Orpheus sings again, / And loves, and weeps, and dies; / A new Ulysses leaves once more / Calypso for his native shore."

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  • Title: Untitled
  • Creator: George H. Seeley
  • Date: about 1903
  • Location Created: Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.2 x 24.3 cm (7 9/16 x 9 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Platinum print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.163.3
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs