Circa 1880 Photograph of "Hidden Mother" Holding Baby. Uncredited.

Circa 1880 Photograph of "Hidden Mother" Holding Baby

n.p. [c. 1880?]. Date from characteristics of the cabinet card stock and image process. "Hidden Mother" was a popular 19th century way to obtain a child's image when exposure times were long and patience of the sitter was, to say the least, extremely limited. Paper photograph (5-1/4 x 3-7/8 inches wide) mounted onto a cabinet card (6-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches wide), image is hand trimmed, card has beveled gilt edges, verso is blank. A few small spots of soil and light wear, else unmarked. Near Fine. Item #3096

This little gaffer must have been a real handful, given the stressed look, clenched fists and missing shoe, all of which point toward an earlier battle. It would appear they were lucky to have gotten this image at all, with the "Hidden Mother" looking less like a photographer's armchair and more like a vise grip. They may also have resorted other photographer tricks of the day for this sitting, which included chloroform or laudanum (an alcoholic extract of 10% opium by weight) and when used, it was noted "... that subjects so treated were reported to become most delightfully tractable" as appears with this glassy-eyed small pupiled sitter. Ang p. 68.

Price: $100.00 CAD  other currencies

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