The period from 1837 to 1901 in England is called the Victorian era as it saw Queen Victoria on the throne. This period of time was a period marked by some salient features such as interest in mysticism and romanticism. The forms of entertainment ranged from opera to spiritism, so that seances with mediums were considered a normal form of entertainment in the higher social classes. The style of the mystery is born in literature, thanks above all to the writer Arthur Conan Doyle, and a certain morbidity is spread around the theme of death. Meanwhile, the Gothic style returned artistically and photography appeared. Being born in this climate of passion for mystery and for the underworld, one of the first and most widespread uses of photography was to … photograph the dead! The poses were normal portrait poses, where deceased of all ages “posed” for a last memory, certainly a bit macabre. Because of the high infant mortality, it was above all the bodies of children who died prematurely as subjects for this type of shots. At the time, the only photo editing available was some strokes of watercolor to be given directly on the finished print.