In the Victorian era in most of Europe and America, photographing the dead was common practice; an expensive service provided by photographers as a special way for families to preserve the memory of their loved ones.
Photos from Murder Scenes in Turn-of-the-Century Paris
Jules Jacques Schoenën, age lived with his parents at 7 rue Caillé before being murdered by a on February He was found with his hands tied, his jacket pierced and his shirt stained with dried blood. This case is one of the first to be photographed.
I have always thought this was a mourning image, but now I am starting to wonder is this child is really just sleeping. Mother with Possibly Deceased Infant, Daguerreotype, "Taken September Child was 28 days old.