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.
Postmortem portrait of a girl, ca. 1900. Please, take photos of loved ones, often, whether they like it or not.
POST MORTEM Baby JANIS 13 DAYS OLD in COFFIN, Mother & Father near, Latvia 1944
Victorian Postmortem photography
Simple setting ~✿•❤•✿~ wearing wreath on head, to symbolize purity. Companion photo is pinned on this board. Closeup.
Victorian post mortem photography may seem strange, but for some families it was their only opportunity to have a memento of their loved one as photography was expensive at the time. Sometimes the dead were posed as if alive and sometimes are of children and babies due to the high death rate among this group at the time.
The invention of the daguerreotype - the earliest photographic process - in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses. It was far cheaper and quicker than commissioning a painted portrait and it enabled the middle classes to have an affordable, cherished keepsake of their dead family members