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Illuminated Tailpiece with Thistle and a Skull for William T. Walters' Drawing Album
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Illuminated Tailpiece with Thistle and a Skull for William T. Walters' Drawing Album "Original Sketches"


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Description This drawing was specially commissioned from an as yet unidentified artist as the tailpiece to one of William T. Walters' albums of drawings. It shows a thistle growing up through the eye of a skull. The word "emigravit" appears below on a scroll. This is Latin for "departed," a word sometimes chosen for gravestone inscriptions. The thistle down blowing away in the wind is also a kind of momento mori.
Exhibitions
  • American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, by 1859; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Initialed and dated on palette] 18 CMB 59; [Inscribed] EMIGRAVIT
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, by 1859

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Period
1859
Medium
Watercolor on yellow paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.1948
Measurements
H: 8 1/16 × W: 6 in. (20.4 × 15.3 cm); Paper support H: 9 1/4 × W: 7 1/4 in. (23.5 × 18.4 cm); Mat H 19 1/4 × W: 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
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  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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