The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 25, 2024

Francis Wayland Sherman at the Age of 2 Years 10 Months

Francis Wayland Sherman at the Age of 2 Years 10 Months

1862
(American, active 1860s)
Image: 18.6 x 13.3 cm (7 5/16 x 5 1/4 in.); Mounted: 25.1 x 19.9 cm (9 7/8 x 7 13/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

An inscription on the back of this photograph records the sitter’s identity and age. Because he belonged to a prominent family, it was possible to learn through research that he grew up in Ludlow, Vermont, the son of a successful businessman with pharmaceutical and music enterprises that he later managed. The rocking horse, a favorite toy of Victorian nurseries, may have belonged to the wealthy child or have been a prop in the photographer’s studio. This is an especially luxurious example. Dappled gray rocking horses were the most popular in that era, having been favored by Queen Victoria for her children’s nursery.
  • Cheating Death: Portrait Photography’s First Half Century. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 22, 2016-February 5, 2017).
    Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro Collection of American Photography. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 26-September 10, 2003).
  • {{cite web|title=Francis Wayland Sherman at the Age of 2 Years 10 Months|url=false|author=H.N. Roberts|year=1862|access-date=25 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2002.34