Jane DeWitt Mourning Ring

Date: c. 1808
Materials: Gold, glass, human hair
Engraved on reverse of ring: Jane De Witt/Born May 18th 1760/Died 10th April 1808
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art
Accession Number: x1940.904.2
This mourning ring commemorates Jane DeWitt (1760–1808), daughter of John and Jane Varick, and the second wife of New York State Surveyor General Simeon DeWitt. Their son, Richard Varick DeWitt, became a civil engineer and an accomplished artist. (The Albany Institute has several of Richard DeWitt's watercolor sketches of steamboats and steam engines.)