I’ve seen this collection of photographs referred to as examples of Victorian era pornography, which might lead one to suppose that they were English in origin; but judging by the features of the two young men and their costumes I am guessing that they’re French. I made a considerable attempt to discover the origins of this series, but met with no success. The boys depicted here appear fairly comfortable in their deliberately unconvincing disguise. Their playfulness does not seem entirely an act for the viewer’s arousal. It genuinely looks like fun, and yet I can’t help but suppose that they were professional boys from one of those large scale brothels, for which Paris was so famous at the time.