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Portrait of Abigail (Dawes) Waters (1721-1816)

1956.54 (RS5242)

Description

Bust-length portrait of a older woman in sepia tone, mounted in a wood frame with oval opening with painted gold border.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1816
Inscriptions
Paper label 1: "T.W. NORMAN & CO. / Art Dealers, / Pictures and Frames / 44 BROMFIELD STREET, / Factory 47 Field St. / BOSTON."
Paper label 2: "Abigail (Dawes) Waters, b. Boston 13 Jan 1721 - d. 22 Nov. 1816. / m. Josiah Waters, 1744- 3 Aug. 25: Her son, Col Josiah Jr. / "She will always be remembered as the founder of a fe- / male prayer meeting, which was sustained by three genera- / tions of pious women in the Old South membership, and / which, perhaps more than any other one agency, served / to sustain the vital energy of the church in the midst / of strong, prevailing tendencies to formalism and indif- / ferentism. P. 395. v.2. for more than 18 years they met / in a private house on Portland St. once a week. / "Tho' not a nurse by profession, yet her charitable and / personal attention to the sick was very extensive, and un- / til the evening of her days, she went about doing good / her visits were so disinterested, that the most malignant / disorders never deterred her from watching with / the afflicted; and so benign was her temper, and so / eloquent was the expression of it, that many a dying / bed was softened by her consoling observations and / prayers." / From Hamilton A. Hill's History of the Old South Church / 1890 - Portrait by J. Johnston in in the Church Parlor." (Paper labels)
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
Waters, Abigail Dawes, 1721-1816
Dimensions
8 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 3/4 in (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1956.54
GUSN
103917

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