Mixing elements of the sporting life with romantic themes proved to be a successful formula in creating wonderful Victorian needlework pictures. In this piece, the hunter is resting in a scenic clearing and lighting his pipe after his sport is combined with large blooming roses and other flowers.
The stitcher has accomplished this complicated piece by working it entirely in exceptionally fine wool in pettipoint. Using a pettipoint stitch allowed her to create flora and fauna in her landscape, a wealth of detail in the hunter’s costume, and full-blown floral corners. The stitching is so fine that you have to look very hard and very close to discern the individual stitches, or use a good magnifying glass. I’ve done both, and found that the magnifying glass was the best way to enjoy looking at this piece. I’ve enlarged one rose to mimic the effect and allow the teeny, teeny stitches to be enjoyed up close.
This remarkable piece of needlework is framed in its original Victorian faux rosewood frame with a decorative added gilded, embossed slip. This original frame houses the needlework and adds to its appeal.
This piece is in excellent condition, especially considering its age of over a century-and-a-half. There is a slight degree of overall fading, which can be expected in a piece of this age. The frame is in excellent condition as well, having been well cared for and polished all these years. It has developed a deep rich color and patina.
It measures 13-1/2 inches wide by 17-1/4 inches high, including the frame.
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