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

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1800-1816

GUSN

GUSN-103917

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
glass (material)
Picture
Portrait
Portrait

Inscription

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)

Additional Identification Number

3651

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

8 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 3/4 in (HxWxD) (inches)

Accession Number

1956.54