A Victorian "hidden mother' memento mori / post mortem photo / photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered; because the photograph is meant to be cropped to show only the infant.
Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Rare Historic Photographs, wonder if they are real
The little boy’s clothing is visible in the plaster cast but now scans have revealed his tiny skeleton beneath these clothes. One scan (left) resembles the taken during pregnancy and shows the young boy's lips pursed, as if in shock