Art 11.08.2010

Prince Albert Memorial Ephemera

One of the most important moments in the history of the memorial industry was the death of Prince Albert on December 14th, 1861 which caused a massive upheaval in the popularity of mourning jewels and culture. Obviously, this was due to the national state of mourning and Queen Victoria’s subsequent perpetual period of mourning.

As for the card itself, this particular piece is embossed (a method that was standardised), with the sentimental content being specifically chosen; which would have been produced in quantity for Albert and available to the masses. The weeping angels, cherubs, urns and forget-me-nots are all popular motifs carried through from an earlier time and evolved to their current status in artwork of the 1850s/60s.