Figure 1.--This cabinet card shows a small boy wearing a dress with Little Lord Fauntleroy lace trim. The card is a little dark, makinbg it difficult to pick out sylistic detaild on the dress. Ringlet curls complete the Fauntleroy look. The portrait was taken a the B. F. Crutchfield Studio in North Vernon, Indiana. The back of the cabinet card reads: "RALPH COPE - SON OF TOWNSEND COPE - ABOUT 1888." Ralph looks to be about 3-4 years old. The card has destinctive serrated edges with smooth corners. This was a popular cabninet card mount style around 1890. The 1888 date may not be precise, but the clothes and mount confirm that it was about when the portrait was made. Put your cursor on the image to see the tweaked image which brings out details in the dress.

Ralph Cope (United States, 1888)

This cabinet card shows a small boy wearing a dress with a Little Lord Fauntleroy lace collar. The collar is elaborate lace. Many early Fauntleroy outfits has lace rather than large ruffled collars. The card is a little dark, makinbg it difficult to pick out sylistic detaild on the dress. It is clearly a striped dress. Notice that the stripes are horizontal for the waistband. The skirt seems to be pleated, but we are not sure about this. A reader has tweaked the image to bring out details of the dress. He tells us, "I tweeked the photo a bit. You can see it is a front buttoning dress. The 'belt' looks as though it is part of the dress, as there is a join along the line of the buttons. The skirt is box pleated and the long sleeves have turned back cuffs. His boots look about four sizes too big!" Put yout cursor on the imzge to bring up the tweaked version. Ringlet curls complete the Fauntleroy look. The portrait was taken a the B. F. Crutchfield Studio in North Vernon, Indiana. The back of the cabinet card reads: "RALPH COPE - SON OF TOWNSEND COPE - ABOUT 1888." Ralph looks to be about 3-4 years old. The card has destinctive serrated edges with smooth corners. This was a popular cabninet card mount style around 1890. The 1888 date may not be precise, but the clothes and mount confirm that it was about when the portrait was made.






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