Posted on 02/03/2014

Photo taken on February 26, 2012

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Gallik Géza

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Portrait of Gallik Géza (1848-1900)

Portrait of Gallik Géza (1848-1900)
Albumen print on cardboard, carte de visite
photographer unknown, Hungary or Transylvania, ca. 1864-5
entry number: cdv.2012.06

This proud young man sports the archaizing costume which was fashionable among the Hungarian aristocracy and bourgeoisie from around 1859 down to the late 1860s - a visual assertion of a wounded national identity in the years after the defeat of the 1848-9 revolution.

An inscription written in pencil on the verso identifies him as Gallik Géza, a chemist and scholar who studied in Vienna, Bonn and Berlin in the late 1860s and early 1870s and mainly activated in his hometown of Kassa. Some links: Gallik Géza`s entry in Szinnyei József`s dictionary of Hungarian writers (1891) and in the PubMed database (see comments for the detective-work and additional information).

The absence of the photographer`s name on the card and the improvised aspect of the studio suggests an itinerant photographer, perhaps from the earlier 1860s.

My thanks go to elinor04 for her valuable help in identifying Gallik`s name and career.


View this photo, with the discussion leading to the identification of Gallik, on Flickr.

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