The Bohemian Sisters
Pen and ink, 5.75 x 6.25 inches, 2000
The Blazek sisters, Rosa and Josefa, were twins joined at
the sacrum. Part of their stage act consisted of musical numbers in which
they played duets on the violin.
In 1910, the twins caused something of a legal controversy
when Rosa gave birth to a baby boy. The father of the child wished
to marry Rosa, but the courts denied the marriage on the grounds
that it would be an act of bigamy. The Blazek's continued to
tour for many more years, often appearing on stage with Rosa's
This portrait of the Blazek twins is based on the Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres portrait of
de Broglie from 1853.
All Images and Text © James G. Mundie 2003 - 2010