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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Smith, J.R. (design)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    copper gilt

  • Museum number:

    937-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D3, box 12

The scene on this locket was painted after J.R. Smith's etching depicting Charlotte at the tomb of Werther. The sentimental novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe directly influenced the design of memorial jewellery.

Physical description

Engraved gilded copper alloy locket with hair, ivory painted in watercolour with Charlotte at the Tomb of Werther after an etching by J.R. Smith inscribed May Saints Embrace Thee with a Love Like Mine

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1775-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Smith, J.R. (design)

Materials and Techniques

copper gilt

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed May Saints Embrace Thee with a Love Like Mine
The tomb

Dimensions

Height: 7.8 cm, Width: 5.4 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Object history note

Part of a group of memorial and mourning jewels bought from Dr Marco Guastalla, acting on behalf of 'an English lady residing in Italy' (museum numbers 846-1888 to 989-1888)

Descriptive line

Copper gilt locket painted with Charlotte at the Tomb of Werther after J.R. Smith's etching inscribed May Saints Embrace Thee with a Love Like Mine, England, 1775-1800

Materials

Copper gilt; Hair; Ivory

Subjects depicted

Women; Miniatures (paintings); Tombs

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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