...dead or not? I believe the lady in the hammock is deceased... although the usual indication of this is for another person in the posing group to have a closed book to denote the end of the story...
I found this photo on the blog of a very lucky film student who was hoping they’d managed to buy a genuine post mortem photograph – I’m pretty sure they have. You can see where the print was cut – rather roughly – and glued onto the card background. There is also an unfortunate mark that looks like it was made by a drinks glass being put down on it. Sadly there are no background details.
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ca. 1840-50, [deathbed portrait of a woman surrounded by several others] via the Musée d’Orsay