Louis Maurer, The Best Likeness, New York: Currier & Ives, 1858.

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This charming scene of a young child peering through an empty frame employs a common pose in American prints. The painted portrait sits discarded on the floor, while the living subject teases the little dog in the foreground. Portraits were in high demand at this time, with photographic technology allowing nearly every social class to participate in the consumption of images.

Jim Welu in honor of David J. Welu

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