[Family portrait] (Main View)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In this family portrait, the father and patriarchal order are the focal point. The father sits at the center, flanked by his two standing sons. His daughter and wife sit at either end, their poses symmetrically echoing one another. The young son's hand resting on his father's shoulder and the father's arm reaching toward his wife are the only interactions evident between the family members, softening this otherwise very formal arrangement. Perhaps out of modesty or simple inability to keep her gaze focused for the lengthy exposure, the wife is the only family member who does not look directly at the camera.


  • Title: [Family portrait] (Main View)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1850–1855
  • Type: Cased object
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Daguerreotype
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XT.1578.20
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, American
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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