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Needlework picture

Needlework picture
Title
Needlework picture
Date 
1846-1855
Medium 
Felt, silk, linen, cotton, metal, leather, glass, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 29 x 27 x 1/4 in. ( 73.7 x 68.6 x 0.6 cm )
Description 
Vertical rectangular needlework picture depicting Major-General Zachary Taylor on horseback, four draped flags appliquéd at the top in center with metal beaded stars, a metal eagle with spread wings over an American flag crest at the center where the flags meet, Taylor's face is painted on silk, his hair and the horse's mane and tail are satin stitched, Taylor's body and uniform, the horse's body and the inscription at the bottom are appliqéd, the uniform is ornamented with metallic thread epaulette and scabbord, leather boot, the horse has a leather strap bridle, metallic thread and beadwork on the horse blanket, the horse stands on a floating velvet ground above a sleigh-style banner with inscription.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number 
1941.938
Marks 
embroidered: bottom center, across banner: "M. G. Z. TAYLOR. U. S. A."
Gallery Label 
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) joined the army in 1806, and was eventually promoted to Major-General in 1846. He was nominated at the Whig convention in Philadelphia, 1848, over Henry Clay, Winfield Scott and Daniel Webster. The primary issue during his two-year administration as President was slavery.
Provenance 
Collection of M. Holden, 1920; purchased by Mrs. J. Insley Blair.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group