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1859-1860 (ca) - See note
11 x 8 3/4 in
J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Trust (85.XM.516)
The date given for this photograph on the Getty website is 1855 (ca) however an email from Mark Haworth-Booth (Oct 30, 2006) points out that this is before Silvy took up photography and the date should be c.1859-60.
The Getty website has the following description of this photograph:
"Camille Silvy photographed these juvenile street musicians outside the door of his studio in Porchester Terrace, London. They are dressed shabbily, not quite in rags; each holds his instrument, a hurdy-gurdy. The seated one scowls at the camera, looking pained, and the standing one eyes the photographer warily. Their position on the outside of the looming open gate suggests that the children are excluded; they belong on the far side of the walls, not inside them. The atmospheric rendering of the distance also separates the harshly drawn boys in the foreground from the soft interior."