Ruggedly Handsome
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 7:52PM


Taken by Morris of Lawrence, Kansas, this circa 1870s portrait of a 30ish man is unlike anything in the collection. Rarely do you encounter a studio image that reveals such an apparent absence of concern for striking a pose; he is stylishly dressed, so he isn't someone careless of the impression he makes; perhaps he is exceptionally modest and comfortable with himself. Or it may be he was patiently waiting for the photographer to get everything set and was not aware that the photo was being taken. It is an intriguing image.

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