cabbagingcove: “ For people photographed long enough after death that decomposition had begun to deform their face, “death masks” were not uncommon. These are not the same as the castings made of the faces of the dead that are also called “death.
This is a beautifully staged post mortem picture. Sad, but it was probably the only picture they would ever have to remember their beloved child. <----- Yeah, most people could only afford post mortem pictures or pictures of the dying person.