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Death of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. In this photograph of her on her death bed note the framed photograph that she kept of her late husband, Prince Albert, also taken after the time of his death. Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had been keen collectors and promoters of the new medium photography, when it had first emerged during the early part of the nineteenth century. It was not uncommon for people to commission portraits of dead relatives and photography was viewed as an important aid to the grieving process. Subsequent generations found the images unnecessarily mawkish and many examples of the practice have been lost or destroyed.

Queen Victoria on her deathbed

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