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Digging Treasure at East Linn Museum: Portrait collection a good way to remember key figures of the past


April 28, 2015

William and Fannie Mealey

For The New Era

Most people want to be remembered and to remember others, especially when it comes to family.

Until the 19th century, only the well-to-do held the option of posing for painted portraits, whether as miniatures to be carried by loved ones or as figures to be hung on walls. In a reversal of fortune, today the names of the artists attract greater note than those of many of their subjects.

Think Rembrandt, Holbein and Gainsborough.

However, in the early half of the nineteenth century came the development of photography, and almost anyone could appear in a miniature, a daguer...

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