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Mourning Picture for Josiah Bartlett and Mary Bartlett

1991.1248 (RS35122)

Description

Of rectangular format, of a woman bent over a neoclassical sarcophogus resting on claw feet on a rusticated base, in a wooded landscape with a foreground stream. There are trees behind and on the side and over the tomb, as well as a vine of roses. She is draped in classical style- white dress and a black robe. A house is at the left, partly concealed by shrubbery. Watercolor on paper. [see photo neg.#47512-A]

Details

Maker
Bartlett, Laura, 1799-1872 (Artist)
Miss Rowson's Academy for Young Ladies
Date
1795-1812
Inscriptions
Painted in the watercolor on the sarcophogus is: Sacred/to the memory/of/His Excellency/ JOSIAH BARTLETT/Obit May, 1795, AE 65 ys . Also painted, on the edge of the tomb is: In memory of/MARY/consort of/Josiah Bartlett/Obit 14th July 1789/AE 58 ys . The wood backboard is partially covered with the remains of an original newspaper covering, with the date of Nov.7, 1812.
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Classical Figure
Death
deaths
funerary art
Memorial
memorials
mourning
Mourning
Painting
paper (fiber product)
Tomb
tombs
Unidentified Paper
Watercolor
watercolor (paint)
People and organizations
Bartlett, Josiah, 1730-1795
Dimensions
21 x 16 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1248
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2797

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