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19th Century Post-mortem photography and memento mori 
  
Images selected by
Alan Griffiths
 
This online exhibition is a lesson in the changing societal responses to death. In the 19th century it was socially acceptable and indeed expected that death-bed photographs would be taken as memento mori.

Curatorial note
 
As the online exhibition on issues related to death continues to expand I've decided to split it into two distinct but related parts. This part covers post-mortem photography and memento mori and there is now a separate exhibition on violent death and the abruptness of passing.
 
Alan Griffiths, 11 November 2010
 
  
Introduction 
  
Acknowledgements:  
  
Capitol Gallery, Charles Schwartz Ltd, Collection of Brad Feuerhelm, Creative Commons - Wikipedia, George Eastman Museum, Google Books, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Harvard University Archives, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, J. Paul Getty Museum, Larry Gottheim - Be-hold - Inc, Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs Division, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée Condé, Musée d'Orsay, National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, National Library of Australia, National Portrait Gallery - NPG, Paul Cava Fine Art, Private collection, Private collection of John Hannavy, Private collection of Stuart Schneider, Rijksmuseum, Stereographica - Antique Photographica, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of Toronto - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Wellcome Collection, Yale University - Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
 
  
Themes 
  
Dead 
Death, post-mortem, memorial portraiture and memento mori 
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