An antique mounted folk art oval silkwork panel, hand worked in a variety of stitches, with painted paper face and hands, a young lady visits a funerary memorial, with a garland of flowers.
In shades of beige, brown, black, green and blue. Colours good, some threads broken, lined onto new silk. Backed with conservation board, glazed and in a period gilded frame. C1800.
Sight: 16" x 12.25" (41cm x 31cm)
Frame: 19.75" x 15.75" ( 50cm x 40cm)
Angelica Kauffmann’s painting Fame Decorating Shakespeare’s Tomb, inspired many needlework pictures in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
In this period, young ladies of the genteel class would not have worked, spent their time in ladies ‘fashionable’ pursuits. One of these was silkwork embroidery.
Patterns could be purchased from shops selling craft materials, the patterns were often inspired by or copied from popular prints of the day: classical, mourning, religious and topographical scenes were very popular. The patterns were bought with the scene already drawn onto the silk, ready for embroidering, and with the difficult details such as faces and hands, already painted in watercolour on paper and attached to the silk.