Memorial to Werther
Silk embroidered memorial
American or English c.1810
This rare little eye-catching graphic memorial is worked with silk thread on a black silk background and retains
its original gold frame.
In the early 19th century memorials were an in vogue art form often created by young schoolgirls either in the
form of paintings or embroideries. They usually commemorated a deceased family member, famous political figure,
author, or, as in this case, an important character in literature. The heart wrenching novel, The Sorrows of Young
Werther, by Johann Wolfgang Goeth must have touched the hearts of young schoolgirls of the time, prompting an empathetic
student to honor Werther's and Charlotte's squelched affections by creating this charming embroidery that depicts
Charlotte laying a wreath at Werther's monument.
Werther is a young man in the untenable situation of falling in love with beautiful young Charlotte who is, caring
for her younger siblings after the death of her parents, and engaged to an older man. After many trials and tribulations
the young Werther took his own life. 12 ½ x 10 ½ inches framed.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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