Needlework picture

Needlework picture
Title
Needlework picture
Date 
1800-1815
Medium 
Silk, paint
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 painted; ocean scenery at right background.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard (Natica Blair)
Object Number 
1952.408
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).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group