A Mother's Pearls

Artist: Thomas Seir Cummings (American (born England), Bath 1804–1894 Hackensack, New Jersey)

Date: 1841

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Medium: Watercolor on ivory

Dimensions: 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
28.148.1: 1 3/16 x 1 in. (3 x 2.6 cm)
28.148.2: 1 3/8 x 1 3/16 in. (3.5 x 3 cm)
28.148.3: 1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in. (4 x 3.5 cm)
28.148.4: 1 3/4 x 1 9/16 in. (4.5 x 4 cm)
28.148.5: 1 x 7/8 in. (2.5 x 2.2 cm)
28.148.6: 1 3/4 x 1 9/16 in. (4.5 x 4 cm)
28.148.7: 1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in. (4 x 3.5 cm)
28.148.8: 1 3/8 x 1 3/16 in. (3.5 x 3 cm)
28.148.9: 1 3/16 x 1 1/8 in. (3 x 2.8 cm)

Classifications: Paintings, Jewelry

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Richard B. Hartshorne and Miss Fanny S. Cummings, 1928

Accession Number: 28.148.1

Description

The artist composed this festoon necklace from portraits of his children, nine ivory ovals linked as a necklace for his wife, Jane Cook (1806-1889). As portrayed, the children range in age from one to sixteen; the firstborn, Charles, died in 1831 and is represented posthumously in the smallest oval at center. The other children are (left to right): Lydia M. (1837-1927), George F. (1835-1910), Henry R. (1829-1873), Thomas A. (1825-1859), Rebecca C. (1827-1859), Jane E. (1831-1903), Charles P. (1833-1879), and Sarah A. (1840-1919). The Cummingses later had five more children.

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