This stunning piece of craftsmanship dates to the 19th C. Stevengraphs are silk woven pictures originally created by Thomas Stevens. Other artists, like Jacquard P. Tarrant in France, also began to work in this medium. Because of the fine material, intricate detail is made possible. This detail can clearly be seen on our image, which almost looks like a silk screen. Two nuns stand next too each other. One is praying, while the other is reading a Bible and holding a bough of some sort. Their faces have an uncanny realism. The younger nun stares ahead, while the venerable older nun looks down on the text below. Wrinkles in hands and face add such realism, along with shading. The folds in the cloth, both in the white headdress and black cloaks, can be be detected as well. The background has interesting patterns woven into it. The lighter background has a dark laurel design, while the darker background as a light laurel design of the same sort. The darkest portion of the background also has a design, which acts like a halo over the women even though it blends into the wall. A similar pattern in this dark section has a lion pattern that can faintly be seen. The frame seems to have been made in New York, as noted by the stamp on the back. Such a masterpiece would make a fine addition to any home or office.
12 in. x 9 in.