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    I watched an interesting documentary recently, "The Victorians" with
    Jeremy Paxman

    In it he pointed out that from at least 1840 onwards, suicide of "unfortunate" women by drowning in the Thames was a popular subject in art

    The idea of a woman preferring suicide to the degradations of life in the East End was well known and sympathised with at the time

    As the 1880's approached, Jeremy pointed out the progression in popular art from portraying ideal home life and sophistication in the LVP, to an expression of upset and disruption in such an ideal home life, often represented by images of the husband recognising his wife's infidelity which in turn recognised a new sexual freedom of the time

    These pictures often had a "brooding" atmosphere with the husband contemplating what his next action would be - perhaps murder...

    Found_Drowned

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    Thanks for that Nemo. Nice link.
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