This fraktur painting depicts the event that occurred on February 14th, 1774 in a wooded glen on the edge of the American frontier.
That night, The family of Jacob and Hannah Barnes was killed and their cabin burned during an attack by marauding Indians.
Jacob & Hannah are drawn as they were placed in their coffins by neighbors. The infant, Sarah is shown in the arms of her mother, Hannah, and in the same coffin. Rachel, the older sister, and her two brothers, Thomas & Isaac Isaac are in the smaller coffins shown nearby. Angels are trumpeting their heavenly assent.
Near the large blue crescent moon, Jacob is shown firing his weapon at the intruders. On the right panel the attackers are shown firing on the settlers as the cabin goes up in flames.
The painting also includes the following eulogy placed within the death’s head angle mortise:
Here lies interrd the bodies of
Jacob Barnes Likewise his Beloved
Wife, Hannah. 4 Children. Sarah, the
infant. Daughter Rachel Along with
two Sons Thomas & Isaac.
All departed life February 14th, 1774.
Under this Stone confind doth lie
the Subjects of Death’s tyranny. The
father & Mother who in this close
tomb – sleep with the offspring of their
loins. Whereby we See deaths cruelty in
Cutting both fruit & tree.Yet, all this
Malice will prove Vain for tree and
fruit Shall Spring again.
Ink & watercolor on old book covers by Ken Scott.
Copy with photos of painting by Ken Scott and Jan Riser.