[Nashville?]: Ca. 1860. A striking full plate tintype portrait of a serious young boy, perhaps only 5 years old, dressed in military style in a gray great coat, standing with one arm resting on the back of a couch, and one leg crossed in front.
Double breasted great coats such as this one were issued during the Civil War to be worn over a uniform during the winter, and featured stand up collars and double rows of buttons on the breast and a large cape. The cape either came to the elbow for infantry men or to the wrist for cavalry men. This boy's cape extends to just above his sleeve cuff, suggesting it was styled after a Confederate cavalry great coat. A name is signed in ink at the top right side, "Tracy".
The cheeks hand colored and highlighted with pink, and his hair hand colored blonde.
A whole plate image, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2". The four corners hand trimmed to accommodate framing. Vestiges of paper attached to the verso. Very good condition. Item #23869