Madame Clofullia, The Bearded Lady


Born with a rare genetic mutation, little Josephine Boisdechêne, by the age of eight, already sported a beard two inches long. By the time she was fourteen, her Swiss father was accompanying her on European tours, where her fame grew…as did her beard. Officially measured at six inches, her facial endowment (and notoriety) had attracted the affections of Parisian painter Fortune Clofullia; after they married and produced an unusually hirsute little son, the family moved to America, where Madame Clofullia teamed up with P. T. Barnum. Fortunately for us, Madame Clofullia lived just into the age of studio photography; she died in 1875, at age 48.

Archival pigment print on heavyweight 100% cotton Moab paper. 

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