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Mourning ring with miniature portrait of James Monroe

An eighteenth century mourning ring with some of its contents removed and replaced at a later time with a miniature portrait of James Monroe. The image of Monroe appears to derive from John Vanderlyn's portrait of him done in 1821. This was was widely reproduced as an engraving, including one in...

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Until 1874, probably Gardner Brewer (b. 1806 - d. 1874), Boston; probably by descent to his daughter, Caroline Abigail Brewer (Mrs. Arthur) Croft (d. 1898), Boston; 1901, bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

probably 1855–74

Object Place for Label

United States

Object Place

United States

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, hair




Jewelry / Adornment, Rings