The pattern for the picture was derived from prints illustrating Virgil's Georgics, a poem extolling the beauties of nature.
"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.
Fleet, Mary, 1729-1796 (Maker)
- Object type
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
needlework (visual works)
- 24 3/4 x 19 5/16 (HxW) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Mary L. Eliot