ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1860s, [‘hidden mother’ carte de visite portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of a child]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’carte de visite portrait of a young girl], B.F. Howland
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s, [‘hidden mother’carte de visite portrait of a young girl], B.F. Howland

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1870s-90s, [“hidden mother/father” cabinet card portrait of an infant], C.D. Tinsley
via Luminous-Lint, Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2008 Auction)

ca. 1870s-90s, [“hidden mother/father” cabinet card portrait of an infant], C.D. Tinsley

via Luminous-Lint, Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2008 Auction)

ca. 1870s, [hand colored, “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a girl]
via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, Be-Hold Gallery

ca. 1870s, [hand colored, “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a girl]

via Luminous Lint, Courtesy of Larry Gottheim, Be-Hold Gallery

ca. 1860, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]
via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Vintage-Photos

ca. 1860, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]

via Luminous Lint, courtesy of Vintage-Photos

ca. 1860-90’s, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a smiling baby]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90’s, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a smiling baby]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a child and semi-hidden mother], Whipple
via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a child and semi-hidden mother], Whipple

via Be-hold, Fine Photographs

ca. 1860-80’s, [mysterious tintype portrait of child and shrouded mother]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [mysterious tintype portrait of child and shrouded mother]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of an infant in a white dress]
via Ebay

ca. 1870-90s, [‘hidden mother’ tintype portrait of an infant in a white dress]

via Ebay

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a child]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [hand tinted “hidden mother” tintype portrait of a child]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, hidden-mother tintype portrait of a baby]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, hidden-mother tintype portrait of a baby]

via Ebay

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of an apprehensive child on a chair, with a smiling mother lurking behind]
via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-70’s, [tintype portrait of an apprehensive child on a chair, with a smiling mother lurking behind]

via Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs, Skylight Gallery

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-90, [hidden mother tintype portrait of a child]

via Ebay

ca. 1880-89, [“hidden-mother” tintype portrait with three children]

Tintype showing one child held by a “hidden father" or "hidden mother" exemplifies a genre of photography in which an adult is obscured with a blanket or fabric while holding a baby or child from behind or to the side. A frame or matte was then used to crop the image so that only the intended sitters would be in view. 

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

ca. 1880-89, [“hidden-mother” tintype portrait with three children]

Tintype showing one child held by a “hidden father" or "hidden mother" exemplifies a genre of photography in which an adult is obscured with a blanket or fabric while holding a baby or child from behind or to the side. A frame or matte was then used to crop the image so that only the intended sitters would be in view.

via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection

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