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Memories of Happy Times
Ambrotype, 1/6 plate, cased
Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs
Courtesy of Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs (Skylight Gallery Catalog 27, October, 23, 2008 #27)
A thoughtful woman playing guitar, with a small cased image of another woman resting in a cloth on her knee. Touches of gilt applied to the highlights of her jewelry. Housed in a full case.
A fascinating image which makes us wonder as to the relation between the guitar-strumming sitter and the friend whose image she holds. (While the small image cannot be easily made out, on close examination it does seem to reveal the outline of a typical 19th-century woman's hairstyle.) Perhaps she remembers the songs they sang together while accompanied by the guitar.