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Post-mortem portrait of a child, painted by Simon Flores, 1896. Such paintings were popular during the Victorian era. #OilPaintings #Victorian

Post-mortem portrait of a child, painted by Simon Flores, 1896. Such paintings were popular during the Victorian era. #OilPaintings #Victorian

"1875 Mourning fashion." Not too far off from the 1880s look. No train, narrower silhouette to the skirt, no trailing veil.

"1875 Mourning fashion." Not too far off from the 1880s look. No train, narrower silhouette to the skirt, no trailing veil.

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.

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.

Bubonic Plague Black Death June 25-1348...The Black Death Plague was responsible for many deaths!!!!

Bubonic Plague Black Death June 25-1348...The Black Death Plague was responsible for many deaths!!!!

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

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

Effigies of Lodovico Sforza and Beatrice d'Este  c. 1497  Marble, length: 185 cm  Certosa, Pavia

Effigies of Lodovico Sforza and Beatrice d'Este c. 1497 Marble, length: 185 cm Certosa, Pavia

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.

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.

1772 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Rachel Weeping - Mrs. Charles Willson Peale.

1772 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Rachel Weeping - Mrs. Charles Willson Peale.

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