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Empty Hands and Precious Pictures: Post-mortem Portrait Photographs of Children

  title={Empty Hands and Precious Pictures: Post-mortem Portrait Photographs of Children},
  author={Nicola J. Bown},
  journal={Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies},
  • N. Bown
  • Published 15 March 2010
  • Art
  • Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies
In an 1882 article on ‘A Grave Subject’, the photographer George Bradforde wrote: How the relatives can bear to look upon these photographs I cannot understand, unless they have a peculiar love of the horrible. For my part I cannot see the necessity of photographing the dead at all. If the departed were truly beloved, nothing that may happen in this world can ever efface the dear features from the mind’s eye: it needs not a cold, crude photograph representing the last dreary stage of… 

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