History, grad school, and gravestones!
A very lovely abstract willow. I've noticed that the earliest willow/urn examples west of Boston (ca. 1800) tend not to integrate the two charges very well -- there may be only a willow or only an urn, or if both, a somewhat crude single-stemmed willow over an urn that is in an architectural niche. By 1810 or 1820, however, the combination becomes standardized, with a more naturalistic willow arching over an urn on the ground.
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