For more than 20 years I have tried to identify the setting. I built an extreme close-up device to copy the newspaper the gent in the top hat is holding, in hopes of reading its name. I believe this is southern; the black child is almost certainly a slave, as he is wearing linsey-woolsey clothes that slaves were given, is bare-footed, and holds the hand of a white woman. If anyone has an idea about where this is, drop me a note, please.
(Joe Bauman: firstname.lastname@example.org )