Cultural anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston curated the exhibition 'Sit, Stay, Say Cheese! The early history of companion animal photography, 1850-1915' for the Animal History Museum. The exhibit explores the development of companion animal portraiture from its emergence through to it becoming fully established as part of everyday life. Thurston illustrates the way in which photography can capture these relationships, as photographs of Audrey and Pippin more recently prove, and, in so doing, shows how the notion of the 'companion' animal has endured.
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