|A carbon print photograph showing young Italian boys arranged in a scene suggesting classical antiquity. The boy on the left is Vicenzo Galdi, Plüschow’s assistant and probably also his lover, later a photographer in his own right.
Photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow.
Born Wilhelm Plüschow on at Wismar on 18 August 1852, Guglielmo Plüschow was a German photographer who moved to Italy and became known for his photographs of local youths, predominantly males but also some females.
Not much is known about Plüschow’s early life, except that he was the eldest of seven brothers and sister. His father, Friedrich Carl Eduard Plüschow, was an illegitimate child of Friedrich Ludwig von Mecklenburg-Schwerin and the family home was at Schloss Plüschow.
In the early 1870’s, Wilhelm moved to Rome and changed his first name to its Italian equivalent, Guglielmo. Initially he made his living as a wine merchant, but he soon turned to nude photography. Later he also worked in Naples and accepted commissions to photograph Nino Cesarini, the young lover of Baron Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen at the latter’s house, Villa Lysis on Capri. In 1902, Plüschow was charged with ‘common procuration’ and ‘seduction of minors’ and spent eight months in jail. Another scandal followed in 1907 and in 1910 Plüschow left Italy for good, returning to Berlin. He died on 3 January 1930.
His work is slightly overshadowed by that of his cousin, Wilhelm von Gloeden.
This carbon print by Plüschow measures 6.3” by 8.6” (160 mm by 219 mm) and is mounted on sheet of thick, soft, blue-grey paper measuring 9.5” by 11.8” (242 mm by 300 mm) with a 0.2” (5 mm) border of gilt around the photograph.
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