A Funeral Mute: 19th century

Robert William Buss

 
A Funeral Mute: 19th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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A Funeral Mute. 'Mutes' were hired to lead funeral processions. They wore white or black sashes and carried staffs draped in cloth. The use of white stood for the funeral of a child. Mutes were a common sight in the capital, especially while church cemeteries and vaults in the centre of London were still used for burials.

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