DESCRIPTION: Picture of young girl in high-waisted dress and wide-brimmed bonnet. Girl holds a lamb. In the background are trees, a fence and a house. The picture is in an oval shape and is surrounded by a leafy vine with a single flower at the top and a bow at the bottom.
FORM: Ornamental embroideries such as this were common products of the finest needlework schools of America during the first two decades of the nineteenth century. The designs are usually based on existing prints. The foundation fabric is typically silk; and they are embellished with colored silk threads, sometimes with chenille and spangles. Faces, hands, and sky areas are frequently inpainted with watercolor. This difficult work signified the culmination of a girl’s needlework training, and also the considerable wealth of her parents.
FRAME: Frame and glass are modern reproductions (1991), based on the frame and glass used on the companion work.
RELATED OBJECTS: Also by Elizabeth Coates: sampler (MESDA Acc. No. 4034.1); companion needlework piece (MESDA Acc. No. 4034.3).