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Ring with miniature portrait of Washington Irving

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An eighteenth century mourning ring with the contents removed and replaced with a miniature portrait of Washington Irving. The image of Irving appears to derive from a daguerreotype of him that is attributed to John Plumbe working the studio of Matthew Brady between 1855–1857. It was widely...

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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


Overall: 2.2 x 1.9 x 2.5 cm (7/8 x 3/4 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold, painted ivory, glass




Jewelry / Adornment, Rings