Needlework picture

Needlework picture
Title
Needlework picture
Date 
1808
Medium 
Silk, paint, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 19 1/4 x 16 3/4 x 1/8 in. ( 48.9 x 42.5 x 0.3 cm )
Description 
Vertical rectangular needlework picture embroidered on white satin with various colors of silk floss and chenille; the central image is oval and shows a woman in empire-style dress, with three small children outdoors near trees, the heads and arms of the figures are painted, this is frame with dark blue satin stitch with metallic spangles applied, above the picture is a swagging garland of roses and ribbons, and it is cradled below with blue wheat shafts, the wheat worked in gold thread; stitches include satin, straight, couching and outline.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Object Number 
1963.178
Marks 
inscribed at bottom [of frame]: "Charity / Mary Hathaway, 1808"
Gallery Label 
This needlework picture was worked at the celebrated Misses Patten School in Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah (1761-1843), Ruth (1764-1850), and Mary Patten (1769-1850) were the granddaughters of Eleazer Wheelock (1711-1779), the founder of Dartmouth College. Sarah began teaching in 1785, which eventually led to the family enterprise. Boys with an older sister were accepted as students.
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Creative: Tronvig Group