My parents convinced me to talk to mermaids every time we went to the beach when I was little so they always seem a little magical to me. After finding them again within McClintock’s text I decided to do some research about the images that might have been available to Victorian viewers of mermaids. Some of the images that I found were terrifying, all were lustful. The photographs that I found were the most frightening. I also came across a lot of “mermaid mummies” that were displayed in oddity museums and traveling freak shows. The paintings were fair more romantic, although, all of the ones I found seem to have danger looming.
All of these images/objects were produced during the Victorian era