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Title Weep Not for the Blessed
Artist Unknown
Date ca. 1795
Medium sepia
Support ivory
Dimensions 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches
Inscription Mary Smith Ob 31st July 1795 Ae 54 years
Inscription Location verso
Credit line Gift of Alice Ravenel Huger Smith
Accession Number 1938.036.0002.001
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Description Even though the exact details of this piece are unknown, the meaning is clear. A loved one is gone. The weeping willow to the left mimics the woman's tears in both name and form. The ground is speckled with clips of the deceased's hair, giving intense sentimental and personal value to this tiny scene. A generic garden scene was common for late-eighteenth century mourning jewelry, where the garden represents a peaceful repose.
Subjects Mourning pin
Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Image 001\1938.36.02.01.JPG