Anónimo, Retrato post mortem de don José Manuel de Cervantes y Velasco (amortajado como san Miguel Arcángel), ¿Ciudad de México?, óleo sobre tela, 62 x 83 cm., 1805, colección particular, catalogación: Juan Carlos Cancino.
Funeral bearers, or 'mutes' as they were also known, customarily preceded a funeral procession and were a common sight in 19th century London. One of a pair, this painting depicts a funeral bearer at full-length within a feigned oval, standing next to a column. 1831 - 1840- Museum of London
Siblings. 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.