Family Group

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Family Group
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Family Group
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Half plate daguerreotype by Otis Cooley of a young man, older woman, and small girl seated in that order. Framed in brass with scroll details and burgundy fabric border. "COOLEY" and "SPRINGFIELD" inscribed on front of frame along bottom. Paul notes that this is an excellent example of the interplay between folk portraiture and photography in the mid-19th century, which contextualizes a key subject area of our collection. It is a group likeness arranged compositionally much like the folk portraits of the time period. Although it is not a New York image, neither is the folk art collection limited to our state. Importantly, Cooley partnered with the portrait painter Joseph Whiting Stock (who was his brother-in-law) in the 1840s in Springfield, Mass.