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Small, rectangular format; a large, central tree with discs on which birth dates of chldren are entered. At bottom left a hip-roofed house with two chimneys and red door with pediment. At right a fenced grove of trees, and walking man in red coat with cane. At base of tree, five entwined hearts bear names and marriage dates of Abraham Channel 1779, and Abagail Burnham; and Wealthy, 1814 Frame: black, simple mitered-cornered, stenciled frame.
paper (fiber product)
PICTURE, FAMILY REGISTER
In script at base of picture: ""Family Records/ Gloucester. July 19th 1795/ Drawn by William Saville On frame reverse: 1- Right side top, in pencil: ""Frame painted by Anson Clark of West S[turbridge, Mass.]/ in 1830s Bought from his estate."" 2- Right side, lower middle, on typed white label: ""M/M Little/ 348"" 3- Right stretcher, bottom on white label in black ball point: ""WM/ 348"" 4- On bottom stretcher, far right, on jelly label in blue ball point script: ""Frame sten-/cilled by/ Anson Clark/ W. Stockbridge/Mass."" 5- Bottom stretcher, middle on jelly label in blue ballpoint script: ""Owned by/Nina F. Little"" 6- Left stretcher, jelly label, in blue ball point script: ""owned by/ Nina F. Little"" 7- On wood backing, on a typed, wooden label: ""Channel- Burnham Family Record, Essex/ Painted by William Seville [sic], a Gloucester/ school teacher in 1795./ The pictorial quality of this record is most unusual and bespeaks the hand of a professional penman rather than that of a schoolgirl./ By the date it was painted the first wife had died, and provision was made by a second heart for another possible marriage.""
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Channel, Abigail, 1754-1794
Title Memento Mori Accession Number 1991.1319
Saville, William, 1770-1853 (Maker)
Gloucester, MA, USA
12 1/2 x 10 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Massachusetts (United States)