Mourning Pin for ER

  • Unidentified, Mourning Pin for ER, late 18th - early 19th century, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.83

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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 Pin for ER
late 18th - early 19th century
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Not on view.
image (oval): 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (3.8 x 2.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

  • Landscape – tree
  • State of being – emotion – sorrow
  • Animal – sheep
  • Figure female – full length
  • Recreation – leisure – letter reading and writing
  • Primitive – mourning
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