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Late Victorian cabinet photograph
of child decked out like a sissified French kid
with chihuahua on ornate parlor chair.
Despite the obvious influence of such paintings as
Thomas Gainsborough's "The Blue Boy,"
the affectation of wealth and royal status was not so much
borrowed from classic portraits of Europe's royals
as from the popularity throughout Victorian America of
Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886),
the snarky little lord even having had a dog.
So we may imagine fortunately this lad didn't have to go
about his whole childhood getting the crap beaten out of him
over the short pants and the perm.

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