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1991.922 (RS21314)

Description

Of oblong rectangular format, depicting the mock funeral of Lord Timothy Dexter of Newburyport in 1799. A row of small trees run along the foreground and in the register above, a hearse and gig are led by their drivers. On the bank, in the background, a catalfalque is surrounded by five mourners. Two fences divide the landscape; the top fence posts are surmounted by red coated armed soldiers.

Details

Maker
Fuller, James, Mr. (Maker)
Date
1801
After
Inscriptions
The mourning figures are labeled ""his father"" and ""his mother"". On front of the catafalque it reads: SACRED/TO/THE MEMORY/[of Timothy Dexter] *The words in the brackets is a segment that is barely legible on the image, per NFL.* On a typed white label in the upper right of the back of the mat board is: Attributed to James Fuller who drew/Com. Bainbridge and Gen. Ripley on Lake/Erie in 1816. (See Antiques, Dec.1950,/p.429). This is somewhat imaginary, done/after 1801 when figures on fence were/ erected. Dexter dies in 1806. Mock Funeral of Lord Timothy Dexter,/Newburyport, 1799, showing the tomb/""in one of the banks of the garden is/an elegant new tomb, on top of which is/the Temple of Reason, 12 ft.sq., 11ft./high."" From adv. in Impartial Nbport. On another label it reads: Mock funeral of Lord Timothy Dexter,/held by him in 1799 in Newburyport with/great fanfare. Much of this scene is/fancyful but the event cavsed wide-/spread interest. Picture attrib. to James/Fuller of Lynn on basis of similar topical/scenes. See Antiques, Dec.1950, p.429.
Location of origin
Lynn, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
ink
laid paper
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Funeral
funerals
funerary art
Ink
ink
laid paper
mourning
Mourning
PICTURE, MOURNING
Unidentified Paper
Watercolor
watercolor (paint)
watercolors (paintings)
People and organizations
Lord Timothy Dexter
Dimensions
8 x 12 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.922
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2697

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