Witch Hill (The Salem Martyr)

Object Number: 
1939.251
Date: 
1869
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 73 x 49 x 1 in. ( 185.4 x 124.5 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
signature and date: LR: T.S. NOBLE 1869 inscription: reverse canvas: CHARLES ROBERSON 99 LONG ACRE LONDON inscription: reverse: T.S. NOBLE CINCINNATI OHIO 350 KEMPER LANE
Description: 
Oil painting on canvas depicting a young woman being led to her execution during the Salem, Massachusettes witchcraft terror.
Gallery Label: 
The young woman who posed as the condemned witch was a librarian in the Cincinnati library, and was a lineal descendant of a woman who was actually hanged as a witch in 17th century Salem. Painted in Cincinnati. The frame of heavy walnut was made for the canvas by English woodcarver William Fry, who taught woodcarving in Cincinnati until he was 94 years of age.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the children of Thomas S. Noble and Mary C. Noble, in their memory
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group