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The child portrait

Children, childhood, their games, the tenderness of their eyes and ingenuousness of their gestures have left a splendid mark in the family archives. There are babies, girls and boys dressed in long skirts or short trousers, but whose clothes or toys indicate their status.
Traditionally, children had always taken part in performances during sacramental rites and other religious representations held in Lent, Holy Week, Corpus Christi or Christmas (the "seises"). However, during the 2nd Spanish Republic, to avoid the popular anticlerical fever, those actions were made private. The stage tended to be the chapel or family oratory and the audience was made up of family members and close friends, with the presence of a member of the clergy to ensure the decency and modesty of such events.
In Segovia, during the 1920s, some groups performed Christmas carols in temples and churches, such as the Archbrotherhood of the Infant Jesus of Prague, in the Carmelite convent church of San José; while a female choir gave a recital at a Franciscan monastery for the feast of Christmas, and the chorale of the Padres Misioneros School offered a show of sacred and profane hymns on Twelfth Night.
Pictures of children, entertained even with adult games, as is the case, flooded the specialised establishments. There was also an abundance of postcards with landscapes, flora and fauna, photographs of bullfighters and famous artists, satyrical or political themes and even erotic content.

The Esteve brothers. [Late 19th century]. Photographer: Manuel Compañy (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 213, D. 2.

Friends Rosario and Olvido pose on a swan [24-IX-1900, Segovia]. Photographer: F. Unturbe (Segovia). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 7

Studio photo of the children Emigdio de la Riva Garzón and Elvira de Peñalosa, learning to read [Early 20th century]. Photographer: Venancio Gómbau (Salamanca). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 13

The Estéfani brothers, dressed up for Carnival [Late 19th century]. Photographer: M. Olivenza (Badajoz). VIVERO, C. 216, D. 1.

Boys dressed as "zuazos" (halberdiers) and a girl dressed as an angel, accompanied by friar Abelardo de los Sagrados Corazones (prior of the convent of the Carmelite monks of Segovia between 1918-1921 and director of the brotherhood of the Infant Jesus of Prague). To the left of the clergyman, the boy Luis Felipe de Peñalosa Contreras.

Girl with a missal or devotional in her hands. Photographer: M. Alviach (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 212, D, 6.

Boy dressed in short trousers. [Late 19th century]. Photographer: Successors of Gutiérrez (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 26.

Studio portrait of a girl with her porcelain doll. Photographer: M. Compañy (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 216, D. 2.

Full-body studio portrait of two boys, dressed in short trousers [Late 19th century]. Photographer: Fernando Debás (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 31

"Rosalieta and Emiliano decided to play marbles." circulated postcard (11-XII-1903). Photographer: Cánovas Collection, series M. MENDIGORRÍA, C. 234, D. 76

Boy with a hoop. [Circa 1890]. Photographer: Pedro Martínez de Hebert (Madrid).VIVERO, C. 212, D. 7

Grandmother with her grandchildren, one of which is holding a hoop [Circa 1885]. Photographer: F. Gutiérrez (Madrid). VIVERO, C. 214, D. 27

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