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mourning picture
  • United States
  • mourning picture, circa 1800–1815
  • Where object was made: United States
  • watercolor, silk thread, hair on silk, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 44.45 x 36.19 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 1/2 x 14 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0650

Mourning picture (identified as in memory of Mr. Giles Peckett and Mrs. Margaret Peckett). There are plants and grass in the foreground. A full length female figure (identified as dressed in the style of the 1790s with pointed slippers) in a long black dress is standing between two urn-shapes on pedestals (identified as memorial sculptures). A willow tree is at the left and the branches stretch to the top center of the image. A bird, head down and wings out to the side is above the figure. There is a partial head with brown hair in the clouds in the background.