Amateur photographer and sitters, c 1865.

Amateur photographer and sitters, c 1865.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


Engraving of a mother and her wriggling child posing for a photography-mad rector, the Reverend James. While he is distracted, a man on the left with luxuriant sideboards smooches with a young woman: 'when did such whiskers plead in vain to the heart of a discerning British female.' In front of the group are the discarded toys of the child.

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