learning the possible truth.
You may have heard of lying in repose and lying in state, and you may also have heard of a death mask. But how many of your 19th century family photographs are actually mourning portraits?
This photograph of my husband's great, great grandparents and their children has deteriorated considerably though I know it was taken in Melbourne in 1896. I had a strange feeling when first seeing the picture, several years ago. I wondered why the mother had her eyes closed. Now I know why.