Taken from life: Post-mortem portraiture in Britain 1860–1910

  title={Taken from life: Post-mortem portraiture in Britain 1860–1910},
  author={Audrey Linkman},
  journal={History of Photography},
  pages={309 - 347}
  • A. Linkman
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • History
  • History of Photography
Only a tiny minority of the family photograph collections assembled in Britain between 1860 and 1910 includes post-mortem portraits. These could have been acquired through private commission by relatives of the deceased or purchased as part of the retail trade in commercial portraits of celebrities. The very small number of articles devoted to the subject in the photographic press confirms that photographers consciously attempted to portray the dead as if sleeping. Surviving photographs reveal… 
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