In the midst of life we are in death.
Credit: March 7
Original Author: Alexander Wilbourne Weddell, collector
Created: 1859
Medium: Wood engraving

“In the midst of life we are in death.”,University of Virginia Special Collections,Tuesday

A nineteenth-century wood engraving depicts the tragic Richmond Theatre fire that took place on December 26, 1811. With the building engulfed in flames, a woman at the second floor window holds her arms aloft in terror. Piles of charred bodies lie outside the front door of the theater.

Citation: Richmond, Virginia, in Old Prints, 1737–1887. Typ .V5 J57 1932. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.