These unidentified Glasgow brothers had a CDV portrait taken in 1863. They wear identical front-buttoning tunic suits, but with skirts rather than pants. That is something that we rarely notice in the photographic record. There are other interesting aspects to this portrait, both concerning the clothing and the poseing.
Tne boys here are unidentified, but they almost certainly are brothers. (Boys posed together in idntifical outfits are almost always brothers.) They look to be about 3-5 years old. Their rather fashionable outfits suggest the boys came from a vry fashionable family.
The portrait was taken in Glasgow which was becoming a major industrial city in Scotland at the time.
The portrait is dated--May 1863.
An interesting aspect of the portrait is how the childen are posed. It is a rather relaxed pose, even though te one boy is standing. And the image is filled with furniture. American CDVs in the 1860s are posed much more formally and tghey are not as intimate. Usually the photographer posed the subject further from the canera, almost as if he was on the stage. The portraits are usually rather sparse which much less furniture used in the portrait. The plain background is, however, a common feature of 1860s Amnerican CDVs as well. Also notice how easilt hands blue because if the slow emulsion speeds. The hands on the belt and arm chair are clear, but the two freechands are blurred.
The boys wear identical front-buttoning tunic suits, but with skirts rather than pants. That is something that we rarely notice in the photographic record. Virually all otger tunic suits are worn with pants (pantalettes, bloomer knickers, knee pants, or long pants).
Another interesting aspect of this portrait are the snake belts, meaning belts sith S-shaped belt buckles. This is the earlies example of these belts that we have noted. They became a major type of school belt and were often done in school colors. Belts were an important part of the styling of a tunic. Not all tunics were worn with belts, but most were. This is one of the very few tunic suits, however, that we have noted with a snake belt.
Both boys wear longish hair down to their ears. While thdeir tunics are a juvenile style, the hair here was not a particularly boyish style. Adult men wore their hair tobsimilar lengths at the time.
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