03-02-2019 03-02-2019
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3222B Boston
March 2, 2019 10:00 AMCalender

Dartmoor Massacre Watercolor Memorial

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3222B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 02, 2019 10:00AM


Dartmoor Massacre Watercolor Memorial, America, c. 1815, a large urn atop a monument inscribed "IN/MEMORY/OF THE/MASSACRE/AT/DARTMOOR/APRIL 6/1815," flanked by a man and woman in mourning, the man in a sailor's jacket, below United States flags and with willows in the background, ht. 7, wd. 8 1/2 in.

Provenance: Skinner, early 1970s.

Note: Accompanied by supporting documents, including a 1925 copy of a letter by Frank B. Dowst, Salem, Massachusetts, attesting to the capture of his great grandfather in 1814 and his being sent to Dartmoor Prison, and whose relative (his great-great-grandfather) was a privateer in the Revolutionary War. Also included are several letters of Dowst family genealogy correspondence and an 1845 printed diagram of the Dartmoor Prison as it was on the day of the massacre.
Estimate $800-1,200

Sheet is laid down on a thin paper backing. There is an area of paper restoration in the area in the steps below the monument, repaired tear along the right edge and a repaired tear from the top extending through the urn. Paper is tone.

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Frank B. Dowst, United States, Salem