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A Portrait of Lloyd Mifflin Earle ((March 20, 1853-May 18, 1853)
A Portrait of Lloyd Mifflin Earle ((March 20, 1853-May 18, 1853)

A Portrait of Lloyd Mifflin Earle ((March 20, 1853-May 18, 1853)

#2196

This sixth plate dageurreotype, made around 1857, shows its young subject, arm upon the ubiquitous patterned cloth- draped table. He is posed full-length, holding a wooden hoop,a large straw hat on, as well as a cloak which drapes his dress, highlighted with pale blue tinting. The costume, pose, and facial expression give him an expression of uncertaintly at the process being undertaken, which adds an element of pathos to the portrait.
His scalloped-edged brass mat holds his resealed image, which is housed in a rare and wonderful horizontal thermoplpastic case, known as 'Home in the Country' (#120 in Krainik). A soft brown wash covers the silver plate.