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Photography and the Poisoners, 1855-1865

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Alison Morrison-Low (National Museums Scotland)

Just over 150 years ago, two notorious murder cases took place within Glasgow's respectable city centre. Scandalously, for contemporaries, the accused were from the upright middle-classes. Photographs of Madeleine Smith, and subsequently, Dr Edward Pritchard, were viewed or bought by eager members of the public perhaps trying to understand whether or not their faces carried the delineation of evil ...

This talk will discuss the effects of the new art of photography on a public eager for images.

This talk is part of a series around our free exhibition ‘Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917’ in the Matheson Dome, General Register House, 25 Oct – 1 Dec 2017, Monday to Friday, 09:30-4:30pm.

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