Mourning Miniature for E. W.

  • Unidentified, Mourning Miniature for E. W., ca. 1800, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller, 1980.95.3

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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.

Mourning Miniature for E. W.
ca. 1800
Not on view
sight 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (5.4 x 4.3 cm) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Muller

Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
  • Landscape – water
  • Animal – sheep
  • Figure female – full length
  • State of being – emotion – sorrow
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
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