The Collection of the Warren County Historical Society
Charity Steddon McCurty
During the 1800s, people often died young. Unfortunately, Charity McCurty’s death occurred when she was in her prime. This painting was actually painted postmortem, not an unusual practice at the time. Mame Mote is thought to be either the sister-in-law or daughter of Marcus Mote.
Dr. William Morris Charters (1806-1883) hired his friend, Marcus Mote, to paint his portrait, When he completed, Mote posthumously painted Dr. Charters' recently deceased twin children as well; free of charge. Dr. Charters remained distraught over the loss of his children and, soon after, packed up his family and practice and moved west.
Twins, John Milton Charters and William Morris Charters (1846 - 1848), were the sons of Dr. William Morris Charters and Cynthia Dutton Seely (1806 - 1883 and 1809 - 1860 respectively). The boys died a week apart. In 1849. When Quaker artist, Marcus Mote was hired to paint a portrait of Dr. William Morris Charters, Mote posthumously painted the twins as well. Dr. Charters was so distraught over the loss of his children that he, soon after, packed up his family and practice and moved west.
This work, featured on Antiques Roadshow, entered our collection on March 14th, 2021. The Betsy H. Maple Trust, represented by Karri Hamilton daughter of Betsy Maple, (second wife of William Chester “Chet” Maple), personally delivered the painting the family gifted to the Harmon Museum.