This is supposed to be a fun post, not serious research. However it is based on something that I’m interested in, the idea of the doppelganger (a ghostly double). See my previous post, ‘Rossetti and the doppelgängers’. Every now and then, when looking at Long Victorian photographs and paintings, I see a face that immediately makes me think of another person known to me today. A spooky curiosity. By adding these to the finds of others, I’ve ferreted away an eccentric little collection. Not much point in my showing you people that aren’t publicly known, but here are some folk that you might be aware of, together with their (mostly Victorian) doppelgängers. Let me know of any other examples. Enjoy!
Isaac Newton (Sir Isaac’s death-mask) and Robin Williams
You might chuckle now, but one day you’ll be looking through some old photographs and see your doppelgänger gazing back!
BELOW: Victorian doppelgängers on Pinterest (The Long Victorian)
Post on doppelgangers/doubles in Victorian art here.