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from "Sleeping Beauty II" Burns Archive Press -- Man Holding Dead Wife, 'Till Death Do Us Part,' Daguerreotype circa 1845 [In era when few portraits were taken, a post-mortem photo might be the only chance to capture a likeness.]

ca. 1855, [post mortem portrait of a gentleman]

daguerreotype post mortem portrait of a child

Samuel F. B. Morse / Portrait of a Young Man / 1840 / Daguerreotype. Painter turned inventor. Co-developer of the Morse code.

ca. 1850s beautiful post-mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child with her doll.

tintype portrait of Confederate Infantryman armed with a revolver and Bowie knife via Heritage Auctions

Victorians often had portraits taken during times of mourning with their faces covered or veiled, or with their backs to the camera. Strange custom...

girl in mourning dress holding framed photograph of her father as a cavalryman with sword and Hardee hat