This cabinet card portrait shows Frederick G. Deveraux in 1892. Frederick was age 4 years and 3 months old. The portrait was taken February 29, 1892, a rare leap year portrait. Frederick who was probably called Fred or Fredie at that age what might be called a Fauntleroy kilt suit. He has what looks like a ruffled collar and matching wrist cuffs. The front of the blouse is rather plain. He has a large colored bow, perhaps a red bow. The jacket is a classic velvet cut-away jacket used in Fauntleroy suits. Fredie could have used the same jacket and blouse with knee psnts for a classic Fauntleroy suit. The kilt/skirt is a kind of plaid with a wrap over front panel, but is not pleated. The portrait is clear enough to mske out the texture of the fabric. He is posed with a boy-sized walking stick. The studio was Chas. F. Tupper, Binghamton, New York. The front is finished in white with embossed gold print. The back has an artistic photographer's logo and the enscription telling us about Fredie. We assume that the riding crop was provided by the studio. Here we are unsure just how this worked. The photographer probably offered various props. The crop may reflect the parent's choice and provide a hint as to socisl class.
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