A Large Carved & Painted Oak Architectural Memorial for Henry Kitcher (1789-1857)

Origin: English
Period: Early Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1857
Height: 16.5”
Width: 66”
Depth: 1.5”

The large and beautifully sign-written dry oak memorial, at well over five feet long, having black hand-painted script with line decorated border reading ‘Sacred to the memory of Henry Kitcher, departed this life, 16th October, 1857, aged 68 years, thy brother shall rise again’, the whole surviving from the early Victorian period in original condition.

Considering the age of the piece it is in very good order with no restoration or loss. The English rough sewn oak is thick and heavy with a beautifully dry and pale limed-like patina and would have been costly at the time. We have added three mounting loops for wall mounting.

This heavy and thick memorial was possibly an overdoor which is usually architectural in form, or it may have been part of a larger memorial composition, perhaps in the families private chapel for instance.

Henry Kitcher was born in Boldre, Hampshire in 1789, and he was the son of Henry Kitcher Snr and mother Mary Kitcher. He married Hannah Kitcher which bore him one daughter being Maria Peckham. He was also brother to James Kitcher; Maria Hillier; Betsy Hillier and Joseph Kitcher. He died in Lymington, Hampshire in 1857.

A hugely decorative piece with an obvious gravitas and one that must be preserved and looked upon ad infinitum.