Mother And Children
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 12:23PM

Here is a late 19th century cabinet print that has more warmth and personality than many from the period, well composed with critical focus confined to the subjects' faces. The son is enjoying the studio experience and the others are relaxed and attentive. The mother, identified only as Anna, does not have a smile on her lips but her eyes reveal that she is a person of humor and goodwill; she may be nearly thirty but she seems to have weathered three children very well. A lot of material went into dressing a baby in some sectors of society though this may not be everyday attire. I would have been disappointed if I hadn't been able to acquire this photograph.

The photographer is J. W. Riche's Studio of Shemokin, Pennsylvania.

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