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Illuminated Tailpiece with a Palette and Brushes for William T. Walters' Drawings Album
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Illuminated Tailpiece with a Palette and Brushes for William T. Walters' Drawings Album "Original Sketches"


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Description This tailpiece was specially commissioned for one of William T. Walters' albums of drawings. It shows a palette and brushes covered by a spider's web, the spider is suspended from a brush below. Under this is the word "finis," Latin for "end." The seemingly abandoned pallette perhaps suggests the mortality of the artist. This would echo a second tailpiece by the same artist which shows a skull, and is inscribed "emigravit," meaning "departed."
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, by 1859; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Initialed] CMB [Inscribed] below center: FINIS
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, by 1859

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Period
1859
Medium
watercolor on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.1581
Measurements
H: 7 5/16 × W: 9 1/2 in. (18.57 × 24.13 cm)
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  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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