Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sepia Saturday 112 Children with books

When I am short on a sepia photograph I tend to check out American Memory at the Library of Congress website.  I secretly hope  no one else does!  So I am the only one with this daguerreotype:


[Group portrait of an unidentified boy and girl, three-quarter length, seated on upholstered bench, facing front, holding books].


CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [between 1840 and 1860]

NOTES:  Photographer unidentified.

See  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/daghtml/daghome.html  for more.
The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more than 725 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathew Brady studio make up the major portion of the collection. The collection also includes early architectural views by John Plumbe, several Philadelphia street scenes, early portraits by pioneering daguerreotypist Robert Cornelius, studio portraits by black photographers James P. Ball and Francis Grice, and copies of painted portraits.

Viridian

11 comments:

Wendy said...

Ooh, the little boy seems to be in a bit of a mood.

Bob Scotney said...

Good choice. Not sure the boy thinks so!

Joy said...

Its a wonder that he sat still for so long, good job big sister is there.

Linda@VS said...

Actually, neither one of these two children looks too happy. I love being able to see the details of the children's clothing. The boy's suit is particularly interesting.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

The children look a little stunned, poor souls. And I don't believe the books were light reading either.

Postcardy said...

I love the overall color and look of the photo and its frame.

Alan Burnett said...

There are so many great on-line archives of old images out there that it is great that you can point our attention towards fascinating ones such as this.

www.dakotaboo.com said...

Can't decide whether the 2 children are unhappy, bored or just plain terrified.

Christine H. said...

Great old photo. We're so fortunate to have access to these online archives.

Jo said...

The little boy looks like he is trying very hard not to blink. His sister is taking it a bit more in her stride through. That's an interesting decorative frame. Jo (at imagespast.wordpress.com, I'm having trouble commenting on Blogger posts with my Wordpress ID)

Margaret said...

I like how she is leaning in towards her little brother a bit, as if giving a bit of support. The intense looks on both faces just goes to show you ... kids haven't changed much as portrait studios do NOT bring out their best! ha.

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