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Ernest Boulton in drag. Photograph by London Stereoscopic Company, ca. 1871.

Download the full-sized image of Ernest Boulton in drag. Photograph by London Stereoscopic Company, ca. 1871.

Part of The James Gardiner Collection. Victorian album.

Ernest Boulton (ca. 1848-1904) dressed as a convincing young woman, with styled hair, a hat and formal clothing; in close-up. Boulton was a theatrical performer specialing in female roles. Also known as "Stella, Lady Clinton", he became notorious after his London trial in 1871 for masquerading as a woman, and suspected homosexual offences (along with his house-mate and performing partner Frederick William (Fanny) Park), of which they were found not guilty

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Identifier
cf95jb737
Collection
James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards
Institution
Wellcome Library
Date Issued
Jan. 1, 1871
Genre
Photographs
Prints
Topic(s)
Female impersonators
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 photograph : photoprint, albumen ;
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