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WARNING: Read at Your OWN Risk! If You are in any way sensitive to pictures of deceased children, PLEASE DO NOT READ POST! This is a post to share the art of post mortem photography and the way they honored their dead in the past!


My fascination with Victorian Post Mortem Photography was started by accident. When I started collecting the photos, I had no idea they were no longer alive.

Years ago I bought a box of old victorian photos and started a collection. I had been purchasing these pics for over a year, when one day I actually sat and stared at one in particular that caught my eye. I kept blinking, rubbing my eyes and looking closer when it dawned on me, the person in the photo was dead. I was already hooked to the art of the photos. At that point there was no turning back!

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Victorian-Era.org

Information about Victorian Era England Life
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A Family Affair

Post-mortem photography (also known as memorial portraiture or memento mori) is the practice of photographing the recently deceased. It was fairly common practice in the Victorian Era. In 1839, with the invention of the daguerreotype, portraiture became much more commonplace, as many of those who couldnt afford the commission of a painted portrait could afford to sit for a photography session. This method watch was cheaper and relatively quicker. It also provided the middle class with a means for memorializing dead loved ones.


Post mortem photographs served less as a reminder of mortality than as a keepsake to remember the deceased; this was especially common with infants and young children. Victorian era childhood mortality rates were extremely high, and a post-mortem photograph might have been the only image of the child the family ever had. Children were often shown at rest on a couch or in a crib, sometimes posed with favorite toys or playthings. It was not uncommon.


The earliest post-mortem photographs were usually close-ups of the face or shots of the full body and rarely included the coffin. The subject was usually depicted so as to seem asleep, or else arranged to appear more lifelike. Adults were commonly posed in chairs or even braced on specially-designed frames. The effect of life was sometimes enhanced by either propping the subject's eyes open or painting pupils onto the photographic print. Many early images have a rosy tint added to the cheeks of the corpse. Flowers were also a common prop in post-mortem photography of all types.

Later photographs show less effort at a lifelike appearance, and often show the subject in a coffin. Some very late examples show the deceased in a coffin with a large group of funeral attendees; this type of photograph was especially popular in Europe and less common in the United States. A variation of the memorial portrait involved photographing the family with a shrine (usually including a living portrait) dedicated to the deceased. The invention of the carte de visite, in the early 19th century, allowed multiple prints to be made from a single negative, meant that copies of the image could, also, be mailed to relatives.

The practice peaked in popularity around the end of the 19th century and eventually died out as "snapshot" photography became more.

This article gives information on Post Mortem Photography of Victorian Era/ Memento Mori.

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