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Title Mourning Ring: Jane Shoolbred
Artist Unknown
Date after 1784
Medium sepia
Support ivory
Dimensions 1 1/8 x 3/4 inches
Signature NA
Inscription recto: Forgive the wish that we have kept thee here.

verso: Jane Shoolbred Ob 26 1784 Aet 42
Credit line Bequest of Mrs. Amelia Josephine Emanuel
Accession Number 1939.009.0006
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Sitter's dates 1742-1784
Description Engraved on the inside of this ring is, "Jane Shoolbred Ob 26 Feby 1784 Aet 42." Made for someone to mark Jane's death, this mourning ring illustrates popular mourning imagery in late 18th century America. These images frequently included a woman crying beside a grave or urn and included evocative phrases. "Forgive the wish that we have kept thee here" reminds the viewer not to be selfish and want someone to stay alive forever. Rather remember that they have moved on to a better place of eternal rest.
Subjects Shoolbred
Figures
Tombs & sepulchral monuments
Image 002\1939.09.06.JPG