Silk Needlework and Watercolor Memorial, America, early 19th century, the picture centered with a large monument, surrounded by a grieving family, the tablet inscribed "Mrs. Fanny Spicer Ob't. Aug 18th 1795, AE 20 Mrs. Mary Thayer Ob't. Sept. - 1806, AE 36 Mrs. Sarah Clark Ob't. Oct.12 1810, AE 24," the mourners, landscape, and sky are painted in watercolor and gouache, the monument, foliate tree and shrubbery solidly stitched in silk and chenille threads, on a silk ground, in an eglomise mat and period frame, (splits to the silk inscriptions, some paint separation on the glass, losses to the mat and frame).
Provenance: By 1793, Joseph Spicer was a landowner, farmer, and saddlery merchant in Groton, Connecticut. That year he married Fanny Thurston, daughter of the well-known General George Thurston, of Hopkington, Rhode Island. Unfortunately, she didn't live to see the particularly fine Spicer Publick House established by Joseph, as she died after only two years of marriage, at the age of twenty-one.
Literature: Hopkington City, The Williamsburg of Hopkington, Rhode Island, by Hope Greene Andrews and Patty Andrews, 1985, p. 37.