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HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS SILK-EMBROIDERED MEMORIAL, silk, pencil, and paint on silk, depicting a couple in fine clothing with painted heads and drawn hands, standing next a memorial topped by an urn with inscription of "In / Memory of / Mr E. Waters & / Wife H.W. & their / four children / Hingham", a willow drapes over the scene. Housed under glass in possibly original gilt-molded frame with eglomise mat.

Condition: Good visual condition with light toning, thread having fugitive color, some scattered breaks and losses to thread notably to memorial and the man figure, eglomise mat failing with losses and flakes present on needlework, frame with wear, flakes and chips to molding and gilt having in-painting. Not examined out of frame.

Circa : Early 19th century.

Item Dimensions: 8 5/8" x 10 5/8" sight, 13 1/4" x 15 7/8" OA.

Provenance : From the needlework collection of Helen Sutton, Dallas, TX.

Estimate : 300 - 500

Catalog Note : Catalogue Note: This memorial includes a letter from Betty Ring written in 1995 regarding the genealogy. She identified the maker to Hannah Leavitt Waters (1787-1880) of Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, born to parents Elijah Waters (1760-1799) and Hannah Leavitt (1764-1798). Her parents married on July 14, 1785 and had six children in total with two dying during infanthood. Hannah and her brother John Waters were the only in the family to survive beyond the year 1800, as the memorial commemorates their parents and their four siblings who passed away.
In 1818, Hannah married George Washington Otis (1775-1858), a member of the prominent Otis family in Boston, MA. Hannah was his second wife, and they had four children in addition to George's seven children from his first marriage. Six adult daughters were listed as living with George and Hannah on the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Boston under dwelling no. 292 and family no. 575. Their son, James Otis, moved to San Francisco, California during the Gold Rush and became the 15th Mayor of San Francisco, serving from 1873 to 1875 before dying of diphtheria.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $434.00
Estimate: $300.00 - $500.00
Number Bids:6