Hairwork Mourning Picture for Louisa Ammarell

Hairwork Mourning Picture for Louisa Ammarell

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Oval palette work memorial or mourning picture featuring a white, urn-topped monument or tombstone marked "IN / MEMORY / OF OUR DEAR / MOTHER / DIED / JUNE 20TH / 1896" beneath a weeping willow at right; brook or stream at left leads to tree-lined hills above which flocks of birds fly into a cloud-filled blue sky. Executed on glass with foliage, groundcover and lettering in shades of light brown human hair against a painted tombstone and landscape. Mounted with a textured beige matboard and off-white, rounded liner in a burnished- and matte-gilt frame with foliate carved outside edge; glazed.
Made by Emil W. Moutoux (1840-1916) of New York and Brooklyn, NY, for Louisa Ammarell (1837-1896), also of Brooklyn, NY. Moutoux and Ammarell were in-laws: his daughter, Bertha E. Moutoux (1871-1943) married her son, Emil C. Ammarell (1869-1918) in 1892; the donor, William H. Ammarell (1913-1987) was the youngest of Bertha and Emil's 10 children and, hence, a grandson of both the maker (on his mother's side) and the subject (on his father's side).
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Painting; Pictures; Hair Work; Mourning
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place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
place owned
United States: New York, Brooklyn
Physical Description
hair, human (image material)
paint (image material)
glass (image material)
glue (image material)
wood (frame material)
gilt (frame material)
matboard (mat material)
glass (glazing material)
overall: 15 3/4 in x 13 3/4 in x 1 in; 40.005 cm x 34.925 cm x 2.54 cm
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Gift of William H. Ammarell
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National Museum of American History
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