Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Albany Marble Works
An advertisement for Thomas K. Kenny's Albany Marble Works from an 1844-5 city directory. The ad feature a decorative mantelpiece and a scene reminiscent of popular late 18th and early 19th century mourning art; a woman sadly contemplating a headstone beneath a stylized tree (see The Mourners for examples of similar imagery on gravestones and for links to two such scenes attributed to painter Ezra Ames).
The ad lists the various types of marble articles of "every description" produced by the Marble Works, including monuments and grave stones. Several monuments by Thomas Kenny can be found at the Albany Rural Cemetery, including the Delavan monument and the signed Mary Kane headstone.