This damaged memorial is still attached to the frame on which it was worked . It is dedicated to the wife and two children of Portland merchant Noah Harding (1771-1833) and attributed to an unidentified daughter, for the verse begins:
Here let the orphan drop the filial tear
O'er the frail casket of a mother dear!
The penciled winged cherub with painted paper face resembles many others drawn on the urns of similar monuments and on the linen ground of Portland genealogical samplers.
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