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An image of Untitled (dead man) by William & Daniel Downey

William & Daniel Downey

(England  – )

Title
Untitled (dead man)
Year
post 1867
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
albumen photograph
Dimensions

5.8 x 9.2 cm image/sheet

Credit
Accessioned 2005
Accession number
366.2005
Location
Not on display
Further information

Carte-de-visites, small albumen prints on hard card, were extraordinarily popular during the 1850s. Relatively inexpensive to produce, they were made in many parts of the world, enthusiastically acquired, easy to post, and commonly stored in albums. During the 19th century it was also common to photograph the deceased as a form of memorial. Used as keepsakes, cards such as this enabled families to distribute images of a deceased loved one to distant relatives.