LIST OF MAIN PLATES ABOVE
WOMAN'S WAYS A Wife's Grateful Gestures in Six Images - on
any sort of thrill , up goes the leg -
|ETIQUETTE from The Polite Academy, or School of Behaviour for Young Gentlemen and Ladies, intended as a Foundation for Good Manners and polite Address in Masters and Misses, Baldwin & Collins, Salisbury, 1765|
THEATRICAL GESTURES A Nineteenth Century Exercise Book in Dramatic Poses. Click to discover the text to which the actresses are responding.
|RECITATION from an English book on Elocution c 1825|
|POSING The New Yorker 1947, cartoon by R.Taylor|
|POLITICAL GESTURES The semaphore of political rhethoric. see Max Atkinson, Our Masters' Voices The language and body language of politics , Methuen, London and New York. Michael Foot gesticulating on the stump. One of many illuminating analyses by Atkinson in this excellent and perceptive book.|
|HYSTRIONICS - roleplaying by Dhirendra Nath Gangopadhyay (click on title page for full
details) from Expressions and Caricatures , Avnaanda Vandar
Publishing House, Calcutta  - my copy is inscribed to "Capt C.
Road Night with the best compliments of the British Film Company Calcutta,
3.9.20". This is some indication as to how the book was used, although
the images first appeared in the Bengali Monthly Bharatbarsha . All figures,
male and female are depicted by Gangopadhyay. titlepage, 1920.
"The Labour Market - Kuch-Parwa-nehi. We are in no-body's pay."
[top] "Dauntless" [bottom] "In Agony's Grip".
[left] "Despised Love" and "Love's Labour Lost".
The actor aims to reflect certain characteristic poses and expressions of Bengali life. Although mannered, his performances are persuasive although the quality of the wigs is extremely poor. In an introduction Pat Lovett of Theatre Road Calcutta adds waspishly that "Those who have been associated with the students of Bengal, tutorially or otherwise, need not be reminded of their great Histrionic capacity." Histrionics/Hystrionics is a term relating to stage players or stage acting.
02. The Neopolitan Language of Gestures reproduced from Elworthy's The Evil Eye , Murray London 1893