Needlework picture

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Felt, silk, linen, cotton, metal, leather, glass, paint
Overall: 29 x 27 x 1/4 in. ( 73.7 x 68.6 x 0.6 cm )
embroidered: bottom center, across banner: "M. G. Z. TAYLOR. U. S. A."
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.
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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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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