Diorama of Charter Oak made from fragments of said tree

Object Number: 
1941.334
Date: 
ca. 1856
Medium: 
Oak, glass, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 7/8 x 21 3/8 x 3 3/4 in. ( 47.9 x 54.3 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
applied wooden letters: at bottom of diorama: "THE CHARTER OAK ON THE MORNING OF ITS FALL AUG. 21st 1856" written: in ink on label affixed to reverse: "Representation of the Charter Oak as it appeared after its fall; made from fragments of the tree -
Description: 
Framed wooden diorama of the Charter Oak after it fell; depicts fallen tree, carved wooden figures of men, women, and a smal girl stand around the stump and fallen trunk of a oak tree, carved fence and wooded hill with house on top in background; sky made of blue and white painted paper affixed to rear and side panels; inscription made of applied wooden letters at bottom reads: "THE CHARTER OAK ON THE MORNING OF ITS FALL AUG. 21st 1856"; oak frame carved with oak leaves and acorns; glass pane across front; inscribed label on reverse.
Gallery Label: 
The Charter Oak of Hartford, Connecticut, was the tree in which the colony's liberal charter is said to have been hidden when, in 1687, British officials sought to confiscate it. When the tree fell in 1856, the property upon which it stood belonged to Isaac W. Stuart. According to a label on the reverse, this diorama of the Charter Oak as it appeared after its fall, made from fragments of the tree, was purchased at a Sanitary Fair in 1864, one of the fairs organized by the United States Sanitary Commission to support the Federal army with funds and supplies. The scene depicted in this diorama is probably based on a lithograph of the event created in 1856 entitled "The Charter Oak from a view taken for Hon. I.W. Stuart on the morning after its fall, Aug. 21st 1856."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Raymond Chauncey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group