Silk Needlework Picture Depicting Mount Vernon
- Sold for:
- American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2608M
- Date / Time :
- August 12, 2012 10:00AM
Silk Needlework Picture Depicting Mount Vernon, "Boston October 23, 1820...by Sarah McLean Boies at Mrs. Huggeford's School," executed in silk and chenille threads on a silk ground, enhanced with watercolor or ink wash details painted en grisaille, depicting Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington, showing the facade facing the Potomac River, the scene copied after an aquatint titled Mount Vernon in Virginia, delineated by Alexander Robertson, engraved by Francis Jukes (1745-1812), and published in London, 1800, it was a popular subject copied by both needleworkers and artists; the back of the stretcher covered with period paper with a paper label inscribed with maker's name, town, date, and school, 14 x 18 in., in a period giltwood frame with original glass.
Note: Sarah McLean was born in November of 1806 in either Groton, or Waltham, Massachusetts. She attended Mrs. Priscilla Huggeford's academy, which the 1820 Boston directory states was located at 5 Green Street, but listed in 1821 on Hawkins Street. According to Dorchester Births, Marriages, and Deaths to the End of 1825, published in Boston, 1890, Sarah was living in Dorchester and married Edmund Pitt Tileston (1805-1873) also of Dorchester, on October 23, 1825. While residing in Dochester they had at least three but possibly as many as five children.
Overall light toning, and scattered small brownish spots.