I've long been admiring 19th century folk art mourning pictures in this manner, such beautiful and tender things I think, packed with such sorrow, but also resilience. This one mourns not one but two children, Frances and Joseph Cross, the first who died at 12 months, the second at 16 months, in 1838. Veritably wrapped in green--leaves, grass, shrubs--I love that the landscape also includes bright blooming flowers, lending a sense of hope and temporarily to her grieving. And then this wonderfully sculptural dress and fine wisps of hair framing her covered face. Very touching and very lovely.
Ink and watercolor on paper. Painting measures 10 3/8" x 8 1/4". Framed: 14 1/4" x 12 1/4". There is a fine tear to that runs from the top just right of center to her shoulder, which is noticeable, but I don't think much distracting. Some light spot toning/foxing visible on the paper; the color of the painting is very rich and strong. The frame, which I found this in, is a beautiful old chip-carved frame; I am not sure if it is period to the painting, but I do believe 19th century. Wired on the back for hanging.