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Unidentified photographer 
Dreams of Childhood 
n.d. 
  
Tintype 
Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs 
Courtesy of Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs (Skylight Gallery Catalog 27, October, 23, 2008 #39) 
  
 
LL/30946 
  
A young girl riding a mock studio horse in front of an elaborate painted backdrop, with a mock studio lawn beneath the hooves of the stead.
 
The horse in this image is of a strange composition that emphasizes its imaginary nature. The stead's head, for example, seems to be a different color and construction than the body, almost as if the head were part of the painted backdrop. Its front legs are lifted as if in a suspended gallop, a pose which also recalls that of the horses on a merry-go-round. Overall the effect of these elements is to create a dreamlike tableau, rather like paintings of Marc Chagall. 
 

 
  
 
  
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