Wool on linen
Overall: 12 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. ( 31.1 x 46 cm )
Horizontal rectangular linen picture embroidered with various colors of wool thread; image of house in center with verse stitched around, designs surround verse; cross stitched.
Gift of Hevlyn Dirck Benson
embroidered: bottom left in yellow floss: "OCT. 1911 / A.E.BENSON" embroidered: "Where the Roses/Blooom so Sweet/I Have a little/Cottage Philis/and/Something good to Eat
This picture was stitched by Anne Eliza Close Benson (b. 1845) as a diversion or for home decoration. With its stylized potted flowers, rustic cottage, and hearts, Mrs. Benson's embroidery is characteristic of the Arts and Crafts style that flourished in America between 1900 and 1915 and emphasized unornamented design and the value of handwork. The archaic term "phillis" in the pastoral verse refers to a table maid or waitress.