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Tintype: People with Wagon

Probably 1885-1890
Origin: America, Michigan, Mason County
Overall: 7 7/8 x 9 1/4in. (20 x 23.5cm)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1985.510.2
Tintype showing a barn with attached shed and two outbuildings to the left. Two women and two men sit in a wagon hitched to two mules. A woman and man stand to either side of the sloped entrance to the open barn door. The woman to the left of the barn door holds an animal (a cat?) in her arms. A board fence runs across the front foreground.

Photographer unidentified.
Label:This photographic image was acquired in 1957 along with three oil paintings by Steve Harley (1863-1947) and an important cache of documentary materials and other photographs related to the artist's life. Presumably the people shown in the photograph were members of Harley's family, but most of their exact identities have been lost. Harley genealogist/descendant Dianne Wintch believes the standing figures represent Steve's parents, Anne (1845-1919) and William Harley (1843-1900). The building does not match the configuration of the barn shown in 2003.102.1; it seems to have been some other outbuilding on the property.
Provenance:Steve Harley (1863-1947); to Robert Lowry (1919-1994); to an unidentified dealer; to M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY. [See letter from Elizabeth Clare of Knoedler's of Oct. 8, 1958].