Memorial To Herself

Title: 
Memorial To Herself
Date: 
Identifier: 
N0075.1961
Description: 
Eunice Pinney prepared a memorial picture to herself when she was 43 years old, leaving space on the tombstone for her age and year of death. Pinney painted more than fifty watercolors, nine of which are memorials. During the early 19th century, women painted and embroidered countless scenes honoring departed friends and relatives. They were an expression of the universality of death and a belief in eternal life with a promise of heavenly reunion. Frequently an important part of the curriculum in female seminaries, these mourning pictures derived from late 18th century European and English design sources and typically included grieving figures, funeral urns, and weeping willows.
Physical dimensions: 
height 14.5 in ; width 18 in
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