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Family Portraits

Family portraits

Harry Weir Casey took this photo of his parents and brother in the 1870s. He captured them in the orchard on the farm that the family had owned in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, since 1702. Today it is owned and operated by Historic New England.

The growth of photography as a hobby during Harry’s lifetime meant that more people could take candid family portraits like this one, rather than rely on formal portraits taken in studios. For Harry and his family the farm was a summer retreat, a special place that held personal childhood memories and reminders of the family’s long history. 

How did Harry try to convey this in the photograph?

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Family Portraits