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Victorian Photography | Queen Victoria

Victorian photographs and post-mortem photography sort of go hand-in-hand. With the invention of the daguerreotype, photography became faster, easier and more affordable. Memories, it seemed, could finally be preserved outside of one's own imagination.

The Victorian era is the period of British history spanning Queen Victoria's reign from 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901.

The emergence of photography was among the many innovations showcased at the Great Exhibition of 1851. This resulted in sweeping changes in Victorian art, not the least of which was Queen Victoria being the first British monarch ever photographed. Numerous artists of the era were influenced by the emerging art of photography.

Today, Victorian photographs are highy collectible and are increasingly more difficult to find.