In Doubt1881 by Emily Farmer

In Doubt emphasizes the gap between the power of a Victorian visual symbols and the subtlety of human emotion. She has a forget-me-not pinned to her breast, often worn to signify constancy and love, yet her downcast eyes betray her qualms. The veil may be a subtle reference to bridal wear.

Sentimental subjects span many genres of artistic expression, from highly finished exhibition watercolors to music sheet covers. In Victorian England these scenes of tender feeling became associated with the domestic sphere, as they were ideal for display in family rooms and traditionally female spaces such as the parlor. The popularity of sentimental pictures coincided with technological innovations in the print trade. This meant that images could be produced quickly and cheaply to maximize profit, thus opening the image market to a greater audience. Many works had mass appeal and were used in periodicals...
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