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119th Century Post-mortem photography and memento mori          
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2Ghosts, apparitions, angels, spiritual visitations and views of the future          
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3Abrupt or violent death          
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4 Life before Death          
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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
Be-Hold, Capitol Gallery, Charles Schwartz Ltd, Creative Commons - Wikipedia, George Eastman House, Google Books, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Harvard University Archives, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, J. Paul Getty Museum, Library of Congress - Prints and Photographs Division, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée Condé, Musée d'Orsay, National Gallery of Canada, National Library of Australia, National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Ordinary Light, 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 Images - Wellcome Library, Yale University - Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Death, post-mortem, memorial portraiture and memento mori 


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