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Mount: 10 × 12 in. (25.4 × 30.5 cm)
Photograph: 6 3/8 × 8 1/8 in. (16.2 × 20.6 cm)
ca. 1880-1910
Victorian (1837-1901)
Mounted black and white photograph of floral tributes displayed on a casket. The floral set designs include a large lyre, cross, pillow with a “Father” inscription, wreathes, and sprays.
Label Text:
Flower arrangements are some of the most common subject matters for memorial photographs made in the nineteenth century. Cabinet cards, stereo cards, and other photographic formats are seen depicting memorial flowers, sometimes combined with other mourning imagery, phrases, or a photograph of the deceased when alive. Simple wording such as, “our baby,” “our darling,” “brother,” “sister,” “son,” “daughter,” etc. were commonly seen surrounded by a creative still life composition made from the sympathy tributes. Having these photographs taken was affordable, and in the case of notable figures, the pictures were mass-produced for sale to the public. This type of memorial photograph was most popular between 1895 and 1910. The images were often kept by the family as remembrance of the deceased individual and the outpouring of love and sympathy received in their time of greatest loss; often made into parlor cards, openly displayed in the home, or kept in a photographic album.
Mounted on board
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens