Isaac and Rosa 1863. Rosa is mixed race ancestry. Both were former slaves. Historic photos of "white" slaves
portrait of a young woman, c. 1856-1900. Possibly an after-death portrait? Photography was a new thing with the Victorian era. So taking photos of the dead, as a memento of them, became quite a thing. And the more times I look at this, the more I think that neutral, confidant air and posture is the result of the girl being a corpse.
Love this "in memorium" tintype of a girl showing a photo of her father. Love it.
I think this photo was post-mortem. Her hand at the neckline of her dress doesn't seem to be in a natural position, and her eyes seem distant. The hand on the stool could well have been used to help prop her up. Her hair gives an appearance of having been neglected, perhaps due to illness.
Coffin of Khnumnakht(Dynasty 13,Middle Kingdom) : The brilliantly painted exterior of the coffin of Khnumnakht, an individual unknown except for his name, displays the multiplicity of texts and decorative panels characteristic of coffin decoration in the late Middle Kingdom. ...click picture to read more...