Recently the photograph above was offered for sale on eBay by jimxb. This seller has some wonderful Victorian and Edwardian photographs.
The description of the photograph:
I would have liked to have won this photograph, but it sold for $147.50 - above my budget for a single card of a woman not wearing glasses.
You are bidding on an ANTIQUE Possible Post Mortem, CABINET PHOTO depicting a Lovely Young Victorian Lady. TO ME, She Looks Dead. Please check out all my PICS, and see what you think. To me, she looks like she's propped up on this chair. Her left arm is very limply just hanging there. Her eyes are closed, her head hanging down. I don't know, to me it looks eerie. I don't think she's alive, but I COULD BE WRONG!! Photographer was Ph. W. Lenz, Dubuque, Iowa.
I took a good look at this photograph and I also believe she is dead. Post mortem photographs are not unusual. They take many forms - lying in bed, lying on a couch, in a casket, or a previous picture placed in a scroll on a memorial card. I have not seen one of an adult propped up in a chair.
I believe she is dead for several reasons the seller did not include in her description.
 The position of her legs. Women of the day did not sit with their knees that far apart. The right leg is turned at an awkward angle.
 Her dress is stuffed under her thigh. A lady would not sit for a photograph with her skirt stuffed under her. Photographs were expensive and the sitter as well as the photographer wanted them to be perfect. Women were represented in the most genteel pose possible. This is not a genteel pose.
 I also agree with the statement that the arms hanging down appear to be awkward. Very unladylike. The eyes look dark and sunken.
Yes, she appears to be dead. What do you think?