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Coat of Arms

Description

A coat-of-arms centering a gold shield with lion rampant on a checkerboard band, surmounted by a helmet and leafy mantling, and a bannerette with inscriptions below. The watercolor has worked in colors of red, gray, blue, black and white. Also, gold pigment and ink on paper. It has an original "Hogarth" style frame with carved and gilded lip and sanded panel enclosed by molded and black painted outer member.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Searle, George, Mr. (Maker)
Attributed to Cowan, Robert, Mr. (Maker)
Date
1785-1795
Inscriptions
Calligraphied in ink on the front of the image, under the shield is: ""SPERO"" and ""MELIORA"" . Written under this, at the bottom is: ""The beareth OR a Fiefs cheque AZURE and/ARGENT surmounted of a Lyon rampant GULES Langued and/[illeg.] AZURE [illeg.] GULES. By the name of STEWART"". On a typed label on the back is: Coat-of-arms of/Stewart of Blackhall./Matriculated in 1672/and 1677. From ""an Ord-/inary of Arms"" by Sir/James Balfour Paul. On another typed label on the back is: Stewart Arms/this is the Coat of Stewart of Blackhall (1672-1677). It was registered/in the office of the Lord Lyon at/Edinburgh in 1672./Attributed to George Searle, 1751-1796, /Newburyport; or to Robert Cowan of Salem,/ whose Scottish wife was Elizabeth Stewart.
Location of origin
Newburyport, MA, USA; Salem, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
gesso
ink
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
pine (wood)
sand
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Coat-of-Arms
coats of arms
figure- and animal-derived motifs
gesso
Gesso
Ink
ink
lion
Lion
Painted
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
PICTURE
Pine
pine (wood)
Sand
sand
Unidentified Paper
Watercolor
watercolor (paint)
People and organizations
Stewart Family
Dimensions
16 1/2 x 14 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.504
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2478

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