music family

This cabinet card features a father and son posing for their portrait at a photography studio in North Adams, Massachusetts. Both father and son are standing by their violins. Sheet music rests on a music stand. Hopefully the boy has memorized his part because there is no way he is going to be able to read the music due to it being elevated so far above his head. Dad seems to be rather self absorbed as he poses for the camera. It is as if he is oblivious to the presence of his son. It is interesting that the photographer chose to photograph the musical pair in a faux outdoor setting. Placing the subjects in a faux parlor or music room seems more appropriate. Nevertheless, this is a terrific photograph. I have been unable to decipher the photographers name and would appreciate any assistance in the effort from any cabinet card gallery visitor. Visitors have played an important role in providing research and background information throughout the gallery’s history and their efforts are greatly appreciated.  SOLD

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  1. Hurd was a photographer in N. Adams, MA in the 19th century

  2. I agree. The father seems full of himself; the boy is “lost”. Another thing, this little boy seems too old to be wearing a skirt & is probably having a hissing fit – do you blame him?

  3. E. W. Hurd, age 25, birthplace New York, occupation: photographer is listed in the 1880 census for North Adams, Mass. along with wife Sarah L., age 25 and daughter Della, age 3. By 1900, Ernest W. Hurd is still in North Adams with wife and daughter but is employed as a “Box nailer, Print Fcty”.

    The larger instrument is a viola while the smaller is a violin. Undoubtedly the man was a professional musician and music teacher.

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