The Materials of Mourning blog supported the conference that was hosted on 3 December 2011 by the Humanities Research Centre and the Centre of Modern Studies at the University of York. It was co-organised by Eoin Martin (University of Warwick) and Claire Wood (University of York). Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Prince Albert’s death, this one-day symposium sought to investigate how grief was manifested and mourning facilitated in the Victorian period through literature, music, performance and the visual arts. Often satirised but rarely understood, this symposium aimed to recover the rich culture of mourning in the Victorian period by showcasing current research and encouraging conversation, debate and interdisciplinary exchange.

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  1. Geralyn Huba says:

    could someone possibly explain why a portrait of a young woman (aged 23) which was painted after her death in 1866 would have her only wearing one glove? We understand the bouquet of flowers pointing downward, and the storm clouds gathering in the sky behind her. We assume the glove also symbolizes something, and would appreciate any insight provided.

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