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Panel of hair-work

Panel of hair-work

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1879-1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dinham, Harry Carr (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hair-work and photography

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss K.B. Dinham

  • Museum number:

    T.81-1949

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Death was highly visible in Victorian culture. It was a time for communal feeling, studied response and ritual, with people encouraged to give public expression to their grief. Throughout the Victorian period there were 'hair artists' who specialised in turning locks of hair into jewellery that could be worn as a memorial to someone who had died. Printed catalogues presented customers with a choice of designs and offered discreet guarantees that the locks of hair were not muddled or substituted in the process.

The girl's photograph and hair in this piece combine to make a very physical memento. In the Victorian period photography had a special significance for memorial objects. Valued for preserving a true likeness and capturing a fleeting moment, it encapsulated the transient nature of life.

Physical description

Diamond shaped, framed memorial panel. There are eight oval medallions of hair-work and one oval photograph of a young girl framed with a hair-work design. The hair is of various colours.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1879-1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Dinham, Harry Carr (made)

Materials and Techniques

Hair-work and photography

Dimensions

Width: 275 mm across width of frame, Length: 381 mm Length of frame when flat

Descriptive line

Diamond-shaped memorial panel (hair-work and photography), by Harry Carr Dinham, Great Britain, 1879-1890

Subjects depicted

Death; Mourning

Categories

Death

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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