Mourning Watercolor for Achsah Catlin, Elizabeth Catlin and Truman Catlin by Elizabeth Catlin Cooke

Object ID:
Made by Students
watercolor on silk
Elizabeth Catlin Cooke (1799-1893)
ca. between 1811 and 1815
Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
Associated Place:
Litchfield, CT
33 3/4" length x 35" width
Watercolor on silk mourning picture. The scene show six figures dressed in deep mourning. Two stand at right of single obelisk on the left side of the picture and the others flank double obelisk on the right. In the right and left foreground are rows fo five stiff pine trees and over the tombstones are weeping willows. A river or pond with houses on the far shore divides the picture. The sky is rendered with blue wash at the top shading to pink above the horizon. Over this are pale suggestions of clouds in transparent white. Stone on the left inscrived "In memory of a sister/Achsah Catlin/obt. April 24 1810 A E 17 years/Fair was the flower and soft the vernal sky/Elate with hope we deemed no tempest nigh/When low a whirlwind's tempestuous gust/Laid all its beauties withering/in the dust" Left ...

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