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Memento Mori

1991.1319 (RS35124)

Description

Painting: Small, rectangular format, white shaft placed against a black background. Flanked by pair of urns, and adorned with several religious inscriptions. Another inscription appears across the base of the image. Frame: Simple, mitered-cornered, black-painted, stencilled frame made by Anson Clark, West Stockbridge, Mass.

Details

Maker
Saville, William, 1770-1853 (Maker)
Clark, Anson (Maker)
Date
1794-1795
Inscriptions
1- On obelisk (this part of inscription contained within an oval): Tomb/Reader,/with solemnity/Survey this Tomb,/ and reflect on the /Precarious Condition/ of Humanity;/ and whilst the virtues/ of the Wife and Par-/ent is remembered,/Drop a Tear/ that thou shalt see/Her Face/no more. 2- Below oval: SACRED/To the Memory of/Mrs. Abagail Channel/Of Ipswich/Who was Born/April ye. 17th, 1754/ And departed this Life/ June ye. 24th 1794. Aged/ 40 years 2 Months 4 Days. 3- On plinth: Farewell dear Friend a Short Farewell,/Till we Shall meet again above:/ In the Sweet Groves where pleasures dwell,/ And Trees of Life, bear fruits of Love. 4- Below plinth on scroll: Death is a path, which must be trod,/ If Man would ever pass to God. 5- On ground in front of monument: To the Memory of the late Abagail Channel this Inscription/ is dedicated by her Friends and Relations. Drawn by William Saville 6- On frame reverse, along left, in pencil: ""Frame painted by Aaron Clard of W. Stockbridge Mass./ in the 1830s/ Bought from his estate. 7- Frame reverse, lower right on a jelly label in pen: ""Frame sten[cilled]/At- by/ Anson Clark/ W. Stockbridge/Mass."" 8- Frame reverse, lower left on a jelly label, written in blue fountain pen: ""N.F/ Little"" 9- Tucked into center bar is a white card with typewritten entry: ""MEMORIAL TO MRS. ABIGAIL CHANNEL/ Essex (formerly Ipswich South Parish,/ ""Chebacco"") Mass./ Painted by William Saville, a Gloucester/ school teacher, in 1795. Bears no resemblane to her actual tomb/ Eighteenth century ""mourning pictures""/ are very rare. This pre-dates the/ usual design of tomb with willow tree and/ mourners.
Location of origin
Gloucester, MA, USA; West Stockbridge, MA, USA; Ipswich, MA, USA, Essex County
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Ceremonial Artifact
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Death
deaths
Fleur-de-Lis
fleur-de-lis (motifs)
funerary art
memento mori
Mourning
mourning
Obelisk
obelisks (monumental pillars)
Painted
painting (coating)
paper (fiber product)
PICTURE, MOURNING
Unidentified Paper
Urn
urns
Watercolor
watercolor (paint)
People and organizations
Channel, Abigail, 1754-1794
Dimensions
13.25 x 10 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1319
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2858
Related Items
Title Family Register Accession number 1991.1320 Notes 1991.1320 PICTURE, FAMILY REGI Relationship Part of set

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