French: Artist Unknown
Mid Nineteenth Century French Boy
Lying on His Deathbed
2 1/2 inches diameter (sight)
Depicted is sweet looking, young French boy, lying comfortably on his deathbed. The boy's tender eyes gaze upward, as if looking up to heaven.
The subject matter of this portrait seems macabre and distasteful to twenty-first century sentiments; but the boy's parents, who likely had no other image to remember their son by, must have been desperate to preserve the sweet boy's likeness. Such deathbed portraits (painted both pre and post mortem) were considered tender mementos in the nineteenth century; and, in an age before photography, they were often the only surviving image one had of a loved one.
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