Mourning Picture for Josiah Bartlett and Mary Bartlett

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1795-1812

GUSN

GUSN-2797

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

Descriptive Terms

funerary art
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
deaths
memorials
mourning
tombs
Painting
Watercolor
Unidentified Paper
Mourning
Death
Tomb
Classical Figure
Memorial
Painting

Inscription

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 Person

Bartlett, Josiah, 1730-1795

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Bartlett, Laura, 1799-1872 (Artist)
Miss Rowson's Academy for Young Ladies

Dimensions

21 x 16 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1248