| Guion Memorial Picture, ca.
The Guion Memorial Picture is executed in needlework on a painted
canvas background, with decoupage figures of the Guion family mounted
on it. It was made by Sarah Park Guion, aged about 15, to memorialize
her father, Monmouth Hart Guion, who died in 1823. It depicts the
family gathered in the graveyard of the White Plains Presbyterian
Church, and it shows several of the important motifs common in
mourning art – the urn, willow trees and oak trees. The Guion
picture is an exceptionally fine example of mourning art, which
was popular in the early decades of the 19th century.
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