American: 1860s. N.p., c. 1860s. 4 ¾ x 3 ½ inches. Very Good. Item #List0103
A wonderful image in a very uncommon large format of a boy maybe seven or eight years old, possibly a drummer boy, showing a level of intimacy and warmth not usually found in portraits of the period. The obstacles in place to create this image are substantial: the generally stiff and composed nature of formal portraiture of the time period; the prevalence of formal poses in portraiture; the wealth disparity between African-Americans and Euro-Americans which made African-American portraits relatively uncommon; and the larger quarter plate format, which was rarely used due to the higher cost. Well preserved with some wear to edges but good contrast and exposure to the image.