Needlework picture

Object Number: 
1952.408
Date: 
1800-1815
Medium: 
Silk, ink, metal
Dimensions: 
overall (framed): 29 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 2 in. ( 74.3 x 54.6 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Vertical rectangular needlework picture (framed) worked in various colors of silk floss and chenille on yellow silk ground; picture shows Columbus standing in the foreground with two male figures to the left, one is a cleric, the other appears to be in military dress, their heads and hands are printed applique; metal purl and sequin accents sewn to their clothing; ocean scenery at right background.
Gallery Label: 
This needlework picture is thought to have been made at the Susanna Rowson girls' school in Boston, Massachusetts. It was based on the engraving by David Edwin (1776-1841), "The Landing of Christopher Columbus," published in 1800. A needlework picture very much like this one is pictured in Betty Ring's "Girlhood Embroidery" (p. 91).
Bibliography: 

Ring, Betty. Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers and Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1993.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard (Natica Blair)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group