Needlework Picture

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1749

GUSN

GUSN-190773

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

needlework (visual works)
wool (hair)
silk (fiber)
linen (material)
Picture, Needlework

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.

Inscription

""M.F."/"1749""

Maker

Fleet, Mary, 1729-1796 (Maker)

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

24 3/4 x 19 5/16 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mary L. Eliot

Accession Number

1927.436

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)