DESCRIPTION: Picture of a young boy in a skeleton suit and a wide brimmed hat. The boy holds a basket and has a bird perched on his finger. He sits under a large tree. Smaller trees and a house are in the background. The picture has 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:Original frame and glass.
RELATED OBJECTS: Also by Elizabeth Coates: sampler (MESDA Acc. No. 4034.1); companion needlework piece (MESDA Acc. No. 4034.3).