With its hairwork and wreath, this piece is quite a unique piece of funeralia that is certainly relevant. This piece shows a standardisation in memorial art that would have a degree of consistency over the next seventy years. The black and the bold symbolism with quite innocuous font are all reminiscent of a style that remains prominent over the following Victorian period (which suffered through numerous artistic revivals). Untouched even by the artistic heights of its time, this piece truly transcends its events in history, even showing the forget-me-not that would prove an even more popular motif in the following years. The hairwork itself is quite cleverly constructed, using a series of curls to create its own design. A very beautiful piece that has stood the test of time.
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