Mourning Miniature for E. W.
ca. 1800 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (5.4 x 4.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller 1980.95.3 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Miniature paintings memorializing a friend or family member grew popular in the nineteenth century when the death of Prince Albert sent Queen Victoria into deep mourning. A name and death date on a locket, pin, or ring marked the passing of a loved one, and artists sometimes mixed a lock of the deceased person’s hair in with the pigment. The paintings often showed the bereaved person next to a tomb or cinerary urn, as in Mourning Locket for A. R. and Mourning Ring, and sometimes included symbols of grieving such as a dove or weeping willow.
Animal - sheep
Architecture Exterior - domestic - house
Figure female - full length
Landscape - water
State of being - emotion - sorrow
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor