We displayed some of the most eery real-life photos that had ever been taken in part 1 of our Victorian death portraits article! While it wasn’t too uncommon to see custom portraits of dead bodies in the 19th century, especially for the ones who could afford it, today a practice like this would be considered suspicious at it’s best and just downright criminal at it’s worst.
More than likely you have seen a Victorian era death portrait before, whether it was in some horror flick, such as The Others which starred Fionnula Flanagan and Nicole Kidman, or somewhere else.
However, you may need to build up even more tolerance for what you are about to witness here in part 2 of the Victorian death portraits articles! Continue reading to see some sights and learn a few facts that previously were only reserved for a select few, mainly including those of the families of the deceased and historians.
In the list compiled below, there are various pictures that do not do any justice whatsoever to the horror of what daily life must’ve been like for those who were photographed. Indeed, these death portraits were often taken to help those in the images “live on” through these pictures, and it’s better to live stylishly than it is to live how real life might’ve really been.
Do not be surprised if you end up having to readjust your eyes a couple of times after viewing some of the amazing trickery executed by these quite skilled Victorian era photographers in the images below. Everything from stimulated body parts to leg-stands were done to create the maximum effect in death portraits, and in most cases these photographers were looking to make the photos as dramatic as possible! Viewing pictures of the deceased isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure, but one thing is certain, the individuals who were photographed may have felt differently.
Here are 15 of the creepiest of Victorian era death portraits, but this time, part 2.
Other-Worldly Adornment Of Spanish Woman
In this photograph which was delicately arranged, we can see how the Victorian era had a very compassionate and sensitive way of how they dealt with the deaths of those who, were either lucky enough to experience a long and full life or those were gone too soon, and just how they’re able to live on from within their death portraits.
More than likely this woman was probably considered to be one of life’s victors, appearing that she was well over the average age of dying during the Victorian era, which at the time was just about 42 years of age for women and 40 years for men.
A lot of the Victorian era’s wealthier families around the globe were lucky enough to have the ability to take portraits of themselves even before they actually passed away.
However, luckily, a reverence for the deceased happened to be so strong that there was always an easily unveiled anchor to the appreciation of the community for the great unknown. Notice the arrangements of the ornate flower which corresponds with the headdress that is adorning this woman’s body.