This wondrful slightly colorized Daguerreotype portrait was taken in the Jesse Whitehurst (1820-75) studio around 1850. This means that the boys were probably from Washington, D.C. or Petersburg, Virginia. The younger boys wears what looks like a colorful tunic done in very large plaids. His older brother wears a suit jacket and plaid vest (westcoat). Note the vess contasts with the jacket rather than matching it. He has what looks like an early necktie. It is black like a stock, but looks to be tied like a necktie. Both boys have white collars. The younger boy has a narrow bow, prthaps a plaid bow, it is difficult to see.
The boys look to be be about 6-10 years old. Pairing the boys together like this suggest the age convention for wearing tunics. They appear to have been a garment for younger boys. Both boys seem to be wearing long pants. Their hair is done simily over their ears. Notice that whie the boys wear differentoutfits, their hair is styled simalerly.
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