Close-up. Looks like they tried to cheer up the child on the right hand side with an apple (and failed). The child on the left has noticeably moved its head during the shot.
Close-up of shoes
The second photo was taken by A. Knighton Photographic Artist, Raunds, Northamptonshire. It shows the proud parents of four children c.1870s. I love the stance of the farther! The little girl at the front is holding a doll, and it looks like the child next to her is holding a stick? I like how the elder boy has moved during the shot despite having hold of his fathers hand.
Proud parents c.1870s