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Women; Embroidery; Connecticut River Valley]
Silk & Watercolor Embroidered Landscape; A Woman and Child Playing by the Pastor's Pond
Connecticut River Valley (?), 1830. This is the work of a gifted young woman, most likely based on an actual scene in New England. It is an accomplished painted and sewn composition of a mother handing an apple to her child playing on the bank of a pond. The surrounding countryside includes a large Georgian style 6 bay home with a New England church with tall steeple and a barn. A beautifully detailed willow tree employs four different stitches. The reflection of the buildings and trees in the pond is especially well done, with a three dimensional quality to the stitching on the banks. The large house is a Georgian style with a central doorway, two rows of six windows and two windows on a third floor central peak. The roof is a thatched roof, perhaps a copy of the actual roof, but likely an easier treatment to stitch than brick. The windows are rectangular, again, easier to stitch than an arch. This is the work of a gifted young woman, most likely based on an actual scene in New England. The stitches used include seed stitch, satin stitch and back stitch. Silk embroidered pictures became very fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and were taught at private girls schools and ladies' academies as an essential accomplishment. The subject matter was generally drawn from engravings illustrating history, the Bible, mythology or mourning compositions. The image was drawn onto the silk by the teacher or student and a linen border was sewn around the edge of the silk, then nailed or laced to a wooden frame to provide a taut surface for the needle worker. Once the emb … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA [Garrison, NY, U.S.A.]
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