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Needlework Picture

1927.436 (RS103783)

Description

The pattern for the picture was derived from prints illustrating Virgil's Georgics, a poem extolling the beauties of nature.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Mary Fleet made this needlework picture in 1749, when she was twenty years old. Her initials and the date are embroidered in the upper right, on the hillside just above the straw beehives. The daughter of one of New England's most successful printers, Mary was probably able to learn the art of needlework at an exclusive private school. The pattern for the picture was derived from prints illustrating Virgil's Georgics, a poem extolling the beauties of nature.
Maker
Fleet, Mary, 1729-1796 (Maker)
Date
1749
Inscriptions
""M.F."/"1749""
Material
linen (material)
silk (fiber)
wool (hair)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
linen (material)
needlework (visual works)
Picture, Needlework
silk (fiber)
wool (hair)
Dimensions
24 3/4 x 19 5/16 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1927.436
Credit Line
Bequest of Mary L. Eliot
GUSN
190773

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