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Size
Date
Country
Artist
Sitter
Case

1/4
ca 1860-1861
UK
Unknown
Unknown
Wall case

 

Woman in a plaid dress, with her son seated on her lap.
There's a chair to one side, and a table with flowers on the other.
Behind them are framed pictures on the wall. Some gold tinting
and a green hue to the photo. A large crack in the frame.

On the back is a text that was possibly printed in 1877, after
the sitters had passed away. "Death is not death"
It was printed in a paper from Gloucestershire.

Sold separately was the picture of her husband. Both photos
date to 1860-1861. His too has a poem on the back, and writing.
He was possibly a captain or a mariner, and he is holding a loan,
paid off as written on the back. Perhaps the loan was for his son?
His frame has the Scottish thistle on the border.

Some of the writing on the back may read:
"Anna James born May 20th 1814
C'tain M Newby born July 3rd ....
taken by ....
May 1862"

The poem on the back reads:

"The old, the young, the meek, the brave,
but tread the pathway to the grave,
and pass from mortal ken.
All we can save is but the trace,
of each familiar well lov'd face,
that still will smile on men.
When those that cheer'd and shared our care,
have gone before us to prepare,
to welcome us again."

There was a surgeon sueing a mrs Newby in 1865
for not paying her bills for "professional attendance"
for her son in 1857-1858. She claimed her son was
a minor, but the surgeon said he was of age.

 

If you're the buyer of this photograph, please get in touch as
I'd love to know what the writing on the back says.
Thank you in advance!

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