Punch,  41 (1861), 251.

Photographic Caricatures at Rome



News-Commentary, Drollery


Photography, Religious Authority, Crime

    Discusses a 'letter from Rome' describing how the Catholic authorities in Rome have made 'the art of photography' illegal unless authorised by the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Costantino Patrizi. Describes the punishment to be meted out to offenders, and reveals that the extreme measure followed the publication of 'some very scandalous photographic representations' in which the heads of leading Catholics were 'placed on the bodies of other individuals'. Wonders whether Pope Pius IX would have intervened had the photographs of his enemies been manipulated in the same way.

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