Memorial for George Chambers


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Mourning miniatures were very popular in the Romantic period and this design is typical for the late 18th and early 19th century. A classically dressed woman lays a wreath on an urn atop a tomb. The inscription on the tomb reads, "In memory of Geo. Chambers." In the background is a willow tree, associated with both mourning and new life. Almost monochrome, there are touches of pink on the woman's face and hands. On the back of the miniature is a panel of woven hair, and the monogram in pressed gold "EC," suggesting that this miniature by have been reworked to commemorate another family member as well as George. This miniature was gifted to the museum in a silk-lined red leather case.


  • Title: Memorial for George Chambers
  • Creator: American
  • Date Created: 1810-1830
  • Subject Keywords: death; mourning
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: American
  • Provenance: Acquired by Mrs. R. Denison Frick, Owings Mills, MD; given to Walters Art Museum, 1980.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings)
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory, gold, hair, glass
  • Inscriptions: [Inscription] On tomb: In memory of Geo. Chambers; [Monogram]: EC (over woven hair)
  • Dimensions: H: 3 3/16 x W: 2 3/16 in. (8.1 x 5.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. R. Denison Frick, 1980
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.634

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