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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: Unknown
Honorand: Abigail Bromfield Rogers, American, 1753–1791
Honorand: Mary Ann Martin Lovering, American, died 1841

Memorial for Abigail Rogers (1753–1791)

1791

Watercolor, chopped and possibly dissolved hair, applied ivory, pearls, and engraved gold bands on ivory

1 1/2 × 7/8 in. (3.8 × 2.2 cm)
Gift of Walter M. Jeffords, B.A. 1905
1947.214

This potent heirloom commemorates two distant cousins who died more than half a century apart. Born into the colonial aristocracy, Abigail Bromfield wed Daniel Denison Rogers in 1781. Soon after the marriage, Abigail’s health began to fail, and she died childless after “a long and very painful illness.” The miniature portrait of Abigail descended through her niece, named Abigail Bromfield Gilman in honor of the child’s deceased aunt. The niece had a son, who married Mary (Martha) Ann Martin. She died in 1841, soon after childbirth. The family rededicated the miniature to Martha by engraving her initials on the reverse.

Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Miniatures - Jewelry
Provenance: 

Walter M. Jeffords, New York, New York; gift 1947 to YUAG.

Bibliography: 

Robin Jaffee Frank, Love and Loss (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000), 133-36, fig. 73.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.