This is a cased tintype which helps to date the portrait to the late-1850s. The early-1860s is possible. We see mom and dad with their young son. Most portraists would have placed the boy in the center. Here we suspect that moher wanted to be in the center. The body language suggests a close knit family. We always wonder in these portraits to what extent the body language is posed or naturally occurs. Dad has his hand behind mother's back and the boy has slipped his hand under mother's arm. Fatherwears a suit with a cravatt. Mother wears a voluminour dress with a lace collar and hair ribbons.The little boy who looks to be about 5 years old seems a little worried. He wears a white collar and collar buttoning jacket cut rther like a short tunic. We notice two brothers in New Zealand wearing similar shirt tops only tunics. We see other American boys wearing similar tops, but often with with shirt fabric rather than suiting. A good example is a boy with his sisters.
Unlike many early portraits, their hair is well combed.
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