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Clarence H. White 
Alvin Landon Coburn and his Mother 
21 x 15.8 cm 
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP 45.14 
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
This double portrait is a striking reflection of the real-life relationship between mother and son. The woman dominates the foreground defending the slight figure of her twenty-seven-year old son behind the large portfolio. Coburn's memoir, written at the end of his life, presents us with a text for the photograph: 'My mother was a remarkable woman of very strong character, who tried to dominate my life. To this I had serious objections, so I retired into my own hidden self and there built up my defences. Yet in her own way she loved me deeply'. 

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