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Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of the United Kingdom in the second half of the 19th century. Queen Victoria wore mourning from the death of her husband, Prince Albert (1819-1861), until her own death. With these standards in place, it was considered a social requisite to don black from anywhere between three months to two and a half years while grieving for a loved one or monarch. The stringent social custom existed for all classes.

Mourning ensemble, ca 1870 US, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in the second half of the century.

Mourning.  This would have freaked me out.  And it does looking at it.

Victorian Hair Art : A Curious Way To Mourn

Christine Elfman Cabinet Cards / Storydress II: A series of photographs of a life-size paper mache and plaster sculpture. The dress is made of paper mache stories that I recorded of my great-grandmother’s autobiographical reminiscences.

Victorian Mourning Photography | 1878 : Victorian Mourning - Pictify - your social art network

Four Women Crying Tintype plate, ca. An example of memorial photography (i. photography depicting expressions of grief by the bereaved). The Burns Archive.

Mourning ensemble Date: ca. 1870 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 2009.300.633a–c

Mourning ensemble, ca 1870 US, Black mourning dress reached its peak during the reign of Queen Victoria Queen Victoria wore mourning from the death of her husband, Prince Albert. She popularized black mourning clothes.

Oh, how ghastly! Learn more about Victorian history here http://sherloc.imcpl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|405131

Morbid History : The Victorian Art of Mourning

It's eerie, but there is a beauty about it. I think it's lovely how much the Victorians honored the dead.

Morbid History : The Victorian Art of Mourning

Image detail for -Victorian Mourning Fashions « Friends of Oak Grove Cemetery

summerturban: Realiza copias de seguridad de ocho mujeres no identificados con el pelo largo, ca.  1880, Tintype, Centro Internacional de Fotografía

Backs of Eight Unidentified Women with Long Hair, ca. Tintype, International Center of Photography. I wonder why the artist wanted to photograph the backs of these mourners.

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