(MEMORIAL DIORAMA. ~ With decoupage scrapwork and hair). [England, probably 1880s].
Two glazed dioramas in a single wooden frame (c. 400 × 300 mm in all), each with chomolithograph scrapbook cuttings and hair, one with a single photographic portrait. Some spotting to the background prints.
A striking and moving memorial to a young boy, a vision of a child’s paradise with chromolithograph scrapbook cuttings of birds, horses, children, dancers, flowers and foliage, together with cuttings of hair (some woven). It combines two popular Victorian domestic crafts of hair art and scrapbooking, within an accomplished (but probably also domestic) wooden frame in the gothic style. With it supersized hair-carrying birds dwarfing diminutive dancers this is an inadvertently unsettling piece of Victorian naïve art.