19th c. Floral Watercolor Reward of Merit - Boston, MA - 1823
Small round hand painted reward of merit. Detailed watercolor work of two doves and roses.
Reverse: "Presented by / Miss Ann L. Hammatt / Boston May 1823"
Notes from the American Antiquarian:
"Rewards of merit, small tokens of congratulation given to students for good behavior and scholastic accomplishments, have been utilized by teachers for generations. The practice was most popular during the nineteenth century when printing techniques evolved to make this form of ephemera more readily available. A majority of the surviving rewards of merit are printed, as opposed to hand drawn and painted examples that involved significant artistic effort."
Purchased in 1978 from William D. Benton, Vergennes, VT
Stain on lower left. Darkening and mild foxing.