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A SILK AND WATERCOLOR NEEDLEWORK PICTURE
A SILK AND WATERCOLOR NEEDLEWORK PICTURE

AMERICAN, POSSIBLY SOUTHERN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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A SILK AND WATERCOLOR NEEDLEWORK PICTURE
American, possibly Southern, early 19th century
Worked in various brown, cream, green, blue and rose silk and chenille threads depicting a tropical landscape with two mothers and their two children seated beside a large basket and a dog and two sheep resting adjacent to a seated black woman weaving a basket in the foreground and a black figure, palm trees, and a brick and frame house in the background, with painted details
19in. high, 26¼in. wide (sight)

Lot Essay

The scene depicted in this needlework appears to be the Southern United States, or perhaps one of the islands of the Carribean. Though the lot illustrated here does not correspond to any known examples of southern schoolgirl needlework, it may be a rare survival from a schoolgirl working in Charleston, South Carolina or another southern city. The artist Samuel Folwell, known for his work painting the faces and hands of schoolgirl needleworks in Philadelphia, also advertised his services in Charleston. However, published prints served as source material for many such needlework pictures, and prints depicting life on the islands were popular and available during the period. The present picture could well have been worked farther north from such a print source.
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