There are 10 tiny stitches to 1 cm. The colours are unfaded, the design quirky, all making this a delightful hangable picture. Needlework during the Georgian period was the mainstay of a young woman's education, with emphasis on accomplishments rather than academic work. To produce a embroidery which could be hung must have been a young girl's aim. I do not know the subject. It is slight religious with the lamb, but not sure. If you do please let me know. I feel the figures look as if they have been copied from engravings of the period, because figures are the most difficult to draw.
On the reverse of original wood backing on a paper label it stated: Property of Murray B Stewart, Oakley, Kirkcudbright (Scotland) - originally from Ross McAlpine *Loch Lomondside?) sold to Duke of Montrose in 18th c by owner's great great grandfather.*
Young lovers the woman with a blue wrap, the man with a red cloak holding a staff walking below a tree in the countryside, beside them a bird, lamb, a deer and long red beaked bird all in countryside, a fish in a pond to the foreground, all worked in minute tent stitch in shades of red, yellow, green, blue, beige, ivory and black silks
Embroidery 8 3/4 in; 22 cm drop x 8 1/2 in; 21 cm wide.
Embroidery and frame 13 1/2 x 12 3/4 in; 34 x 33 cm
Excellent. Now hand stitched to acid free calico, wrapped round a acid free board and framed in old frame and with old gold slip. The slip is a little chipped. The 19th century frame is perfect with the picture.
* The original wood backing cannot be re used because of type of wood used. However, I still have it complete with the paper hand written in ink label.
Price: £2,000 | $2,440 | €2,220
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