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Unidentified photographer 
Mother holds deceased baby 
n.d. 
  
Daguerreotype 
Larry Gottheim, Be-hold, Inc 
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (45 / 11) 
  
 
LL/10870 
  
How do we know the baby is deceased and not sleeping? The floral arrangement is a clue. The young mother has a "resigned" expression; that is one of the most interesting aspects of the image. The baby, who has inherited her mother's face, has neither a feeling of rest nor of animation. This empty sadness gives this an expressive character that draws our interest beyond numerous more bland "post mortems." 
 

 
  
 
  
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