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Artist, attributed to: J. Miers, active 1760-1810

Family Group Memorial for C. L.

ca. 1790

Watercolor on ivory

1 5/8 × 1 1/4 in. (4.1 × 3.2 cm)
Promised bequest of Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch and Alvin Deutsch, LL.B. 1958, in honor of Kathleen Luhrs
ILE1999.3.48

Here, a mother and six children grieve the loss of the husband and father pictured in silhouette on the miniature’s reverse. The children touch and lean against their father’s tomb, whose inscription reads, “His form was virtue and his soul was truth.” This message conveys the moral leadership that fathers were expected to provide for their offspring, a lesson that endures beyond the grave. A braided length of blonde hair, perhaps belonging to the grieving widow or the children, surrounds this poignant scene, forever uniting them with the deceased. On the reverse, a silhouette of this family man is framed with brown hair with streaks of gray, most likely belonging to the deceased, whose long locks are visible in the silhouette portrait.

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

Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch and Alvin Deutsch

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