Circa 1850 - Would the dude with the unbalanced head of hair & that odd facial thing going on have taken to insure the inclusion of his best friend in their sixth plate daguerreotype that has an archival seal? This is such an unusual pose... I can't remember observing a dog being pinioned against his master's leg, head down & almost out of the frame while the daguerreotype was exposed. The mutt's long furry motionless body was stretched out behind the serious chap.
Shoe maker boot maker at work occupational dag daguerreotype