Unidentified, Ebenezer Williams, ca. 1825, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1962.7.1
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.
- ca. 1825
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2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
- Portrait male – Williams, Ebenezer – bust
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