Victorian woolworks often featured young children in period costume feeding or playing with their pets. This piece has a young boy in a red jacket, blue pants and black shoes with a large straw ribbon-banded hat lying in his garden and feeding leaves to his pet white rabbit. His clothes are wonderfully embroidered with highlights and costume detail such as large gold buttons and lace cuffs. There is a small basket beside the boy filled with a mixed bouquet of flowers.
This piece is nicely embroidered in counted cross stitch, with some silk embellishment. The Wedgwood-blue sky in the background harmonized well with the colors in the child’s costume and those of the garden. The entire panel is housed in its original Victorian heavily embossed gilt and gesso wooden frame.
Except for one small area of insect damage, the woolwork is in excellent condition overall. It has fabulous color retention. The frame also is in excellent condition, especially considering its age of some 170 years.
With its endearing subject matter, rich and deep colors and original Victorian frame, this is an exceptionally charming period woolwork.
It measures 22 inches wide by 18 inches high, including the frame.