Friday, 11 April 2014

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este
with his first elephant. Kalawewa, Sri Lanka. 1892/93
Photo: Eduard Hodek junior


  1. His empire toppled as this elephant did.

  2. There were more? Pfff, and I thought he was one of the more reasonable men in the A-H empire.

  3. A dreadful photograph. If he was standing beside the elephant it would look slightly less grotesque, but to stand on top of the poor creature says a lot about the man.
    When I first saw the photo I thought, Aha, the hunter, soon to become the hunted.