James Bonney (South Bend, Indiana, United States)
Catholic school theatrical group, posed with clergy and teachers
Albumen print, Carte-de-visite, 1860s
With James Bonney's Art Gallery studio stamp mount verso.

An intriguing image showing a large group of students, dressed in theatrical garb and arranged standing in five tiers in front of their school. Seated at the bottom of the group are six older men, four of them in Catholic cassocks and the middle two also wearing birettas (caps), presumably the teachers and clergy of the school.

The students are dressed in a wide variety of costumes, either for a very unusual production, or to show off the school's entire wardrobe department. The young man standing third row center must be the king. He's the one wearing the crown.

Size:2 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (8 x 9.5 cm.)
No. 26.157