This film is about a man named “Andrew Stewart” though this may not have been his real name. He was Scottish and born sometime in the early 19th century and died sometime after 1898.
Andrew Stewart had many aliases but one of his favourites was “Professor Orlando”. He generally advertised himself as ether a photographer or elocutionist, but he may have been neither.
Andrew Stewart spent a lot of time in prison. He was a travelling conman, a rogue, and charlatan.
His image was taken for a prison mugshot in March 1894.
This film ends with a few thoughts of Margaret Drabble and Vladimir Nabokov:
What is in a name?
Who was the professor?
And can fiction become reality?
Music score: ‘Alice’