Some strange funeral traditions of Victorian England. Part 2
We all know that life has a beginning and an end. None of us is eternal. Almost in every epoch created a cult of death. She revered her brought various offerings and so on. If we consider just the Victorian era in England, here played a major role himself Queen Victoria, who lost her beloved husband, forever renounced worldly pleasures and the rest of his days in a locket worn around the neck of his hair strands. For her time of mourning stretched very long time and was actually a lifetime.
It is this painful, but at the same time crazy romantic story of love and death has become for many people of that era swivel. Of the dead strands of hair began to make various decorations; people wrote wills, and his will is almost like a book in verse; there were special "mourning dress." All this took place to be at that time. In the last part of the article we have only scratched the surface of this topic, but today we will continue it.
During the Victorian era mourning dress was not only article of clothing, which was made to wear a top. Women had to wear mourning and special underwear. While death was not just a fashion, it was really sexy. While the women were very popular to take arsenic or opium to make them look as much as possible pale and sickly. By the standards of women who died from tuberculosis, considered the most beautiful. Now imagine this pale skin against the black mourning dress. Standard of beauty! And while still alive.
During the Victorian era people looked very suppressed in appearance, but inside many of them raging passion. Women's white underwear was considered innocent and usually intended for the wedding night. After the Victorian era people have become more openly with their sexuality, and the images of pretty girls and sexy blondes in films that were a beautiful black lingerie, perceived much more erotic and more aggressive than in the underwear of any other color.
The photos that were made after death
As do the photo was available even for the middle class during the Victorian era, when there was a demand for a full picture of their deceased relatives and loved ones. Many wanted to capture their relatives - husbands, wives, children, and so on - before their mortal bodies will go straight to the grave. At that time, to make a good photo, people had a few hours to stand still, so the final shot went pretty joyless, especially if you had to stand next to the dead.
to photograph the corpse was much easier, given that he did not have to move, relax the body and come up with a pose. Another round of fashion at the time was the fact that many would like to photograph spirit, the image of a person or persons, floating next to a dead man. The son of Queen Victoria, Arthur had his own "photo with the spirit." While Prince posed, his nanny accidentally hit in the frame, trying to fix his clothes, and as a result the picture of Arthur stood out besides its translucent figure.
The people who were involved in the occult, believed that the ghosts have found a way to show themselves through photography. The National Museum of Science and the media has a gallery, which displays various pictures with the spirits of the Victorian era. By the end of the 1800s people realized that in fact it is not a ghost, but they still could not resist the temptation to pose with the spirits.
Not every family can afford to take a picture of your favorite dead person, so these people turned to artists who make original sketches from the dead. An artist named John Horsley Kolkott voluntarily visited the morgue to sketch sketches of the corpses of small children. Many families were too poor to pay for a professional photographer or a book full portraits, so it Horsley helping such people. If it is recognized that some child had died in his hometown, then quickly went into the house of grieving parents. He was in a hurry to get, because when the body is still numb all the facial muscles stay relaxed, and apparently the baby's face looked as if he was just sleeping peacefully, not already beginning to decompose.
In his journal, John wrote: "It was my duty. If I had not done these posthumous portraits, then no one would. " When he died, John's own father, the first thing he did, it took the album and began to draw. Other artists made sketches of his family members who were ill with tuberculosis or any other disease during his lifetime and did not dare to do their portraits after death. Many artists do not understand Kolkotti John Horsley, but, despite the fact, according to the opinion of families, whom he painted portraits of their deceased loved ones and family, the artist was a terrific person.