Mourning Pin

  • Unidentified, Mourning Pin, 1790s, watercolor, mother of pearl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.79

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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.

Title
Mourning Pin
Artists
Date
1790s
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 2 11/16 x 2 1/4 in. (6.8 x 5.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape
  • Monument – tomb
  • State of being – emotion – sorrow
  • Figure female – full length
  • Religion – angel
  • Primitive – mourning
Object Number
1999.27.79
Palette
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