…photographers of England made the mistake of attempting to emulate painting. The few nudes visible in Victorian photographs are usually languid participants in banal, morally edifying allegorical arrangements. These photographs only emphasize the worst aspects of the paintings they strove to resemble. All in all, the nude found nineteenth-century England a chilly climate.

Introduction from The History of the Nude in Photography

History of the Nude in Photography by Peter Lacey and Anthony La Rotonda

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