We note the two Caplain brothers in Paris. The CDV portait is undated, but looks to have been taken in the 1860s. One brother is Frédéric. I can't make out the other boy's name, but it seems to begin with a P. They look to be about 8-10 years old. The boys wearing identical knee pants velvet suits with white long stockings. The suits have collar-buttioning jackets with piped detailing. They have Eton-like collars and small bows. I'm not sure what color the suits may have been. One of the boys holds what looks like a matching rounded-crown hat. Note that there are no streamers.
A reader writes, "I think these brothers were fond of each other. they do not look uncomfortable together. They look relaxed and are sitting very still while the photograph was taken. This in it self might suggest two well mannured boys."
We do not know anything about the family, except that they were obviously affluent. I'm not sure if they came from a wealthy or middle class family, but I think they clearly came from a prosperous family. We are not sure about the family connection with Henry and Jules, presumably brothers or cousins.
We think they may have been related to Louis Henri Jean Charlot (1898- 1979). He was a French painter whose father was a Russian-born émigré and his mother of Mexican ancestry. Frédéric may have been Charlot’s uncle and godfather.
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