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Watercolor Memorial with Angel and Meeting House
Probably New England, ca. 1810. Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper. The delicate, curly-haired young woman in high-wasted dress contemplates the memory of Edwin and William Jones while leaning on their large memorial, flanked by a winged angel wrapped in blue, and an elegant white Federal church/meeting house with spire pointing to heaven. The traditional symbolic weeping-willow branches frame the the girl and angel. Very pleasing bright palette of blues and greens, anchored by white and splashed with color from the flowers. The painting naïve yet sophisticated.....Memorials were typically created by young ladies while attending a seminary, where the well-educated girl was expected to master the basics of drawing, painting, embroidery, and penmanship. They were often created years after the events they depicted as gifts for family or close friends.....Period frame that is likely original, with eglomise mat and gold lining. Condition excellent save for the deterioration of black paint behind the eglomise mat, and toning at the very top of the image, above the tree line, likely due to contact with wood backing shortly after original framing. Overall frame size about 20 1/2 inches wide x 17 1/2 tall. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS.
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