Nadar was the best known commercial photographer in late 19th century France. He had a popular Paris studio. He photographed the most famous people in France as well as ordinary people. The Albumen cabinent portrait here is of 4 year old Maurice Terrillon. Maurice was born November 24, 1889. The way the date is written, we thought that he died May 24, 1894. That does not seem to be the case. It ws apparently when the portrait was taken. A French reader tells us, "Maurice did not die in 1894. I have bought his 'permis de conduire' in a shop in France this summer."
Maurice wears a tartan dress with a large lace collar. Tartan was a popular pattern for boy's dresses because it suggests a kilt. Mote the balooning of the sleeves. Mairice wears colored socks, almost knee socks. I'm not sure what color they may have been. He looks to be wearing patent-leather pumps. His hair is done in long shoulder-length ringlets. There is writing on the back which a French reader has deciphered for us. Maurice's mother has written, "Maurice Terrillon,
24 novembre 1889 - 24 mai 1894, A notre Vénérée et bien chère Amie Madame Emilie Réty,
hommage plein de bien vive et respectueuse affection. Amélie Terrillon. Our reader tells us, "It is clear this text was written by an educated person into perfect and formal French. I think the familly Terrillon was of the French bourgeoisie, by the fact Madame Terrillon wote " Vénérée " with capital letter, but cannot be certain. Notice the French text is quite similar to the English one .
"Maurice Terrillon, November 24th 1889 - May 24th 1894, To our venerated and beloved friend Madame Emilie Réty, homage of greatest and respectful affection. Amélie Terrillo"
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