Moore Memorial embroidery, Portland, 1838Item 5510 info
Maine Historical Society
Mourning and Grief
Family members expressed their grief and remembered deceased siblings, children, parents and spouses in needlework, drawings, paintings and jewelry.
These remembrances made use of personal items such as the deceased person's hair and often incorporated landscape, figural and architectural details that were popular at the time.
Sorrowful imagery, such as trees and persons bowed as if by a great weight, also are used to express mourning.