You may have noticed that three out of the last six posts have been about dogs and death. The blogmeister apologizes for this, but she is writing an article about ancient canine burials and has her head buried in research.
Mourning portraits, also called post-mortem portraits, were commonplace when the 1839 invention of the daguerreotype made portraiture inexpensive. It provided a means for the middle class to memorialize recently deceased loved ones. In the 1800s when child mortality rates were high, post-mortem portraits were sometimes the only picture the family had of the child. Deceased children were usually posed as if sleeping or with a favorite toy. This photo from my collection is especially poignant because the sleeping boy is posed with his beloved dog, who I think is alive.
|Daguerreotype, collection of the Jane Brackman|