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Victorian Deathbed Scenes


Dear C19th Novels,

I’m having technical issues getting those deathbed scenes on here for you all. For now, you can google-image the following — they’re not difficult to find on the Net  [4/12 2:30pm, posted them now! ed]:

George Cattermole, ‘Death of Little Nell’ (1841)


Henry Peach Robinson, ‘Fading Away’ (1858)


Luke Fildes, ‘The Doctor’ (1891) (although I reckon this child is recovering — dawn has broken).

I’m ‘collecting’ deathbed scenes in Victorian culture: we talked about the 7 or so such scenes in *Mary Barton* last week, and there are numerous in Dickens of course; any more suggestions gratefully received.