This is a scarce subject for an embroidered silkwork from the late Georgian period, of course one sees so often the more common Charlotte at Werthers Tomb, Fame Mourning Shakespeare, Poor Maria etc; therefore it is so nice to discover a rare example. We were instantly drawn to her vivid red cloak, hand painted roses and red ribboned shoes. The colours have lasted so well with this pretty little picture.
Housed within its original Hogarth frame and set behind old bubbled glass (this silkwork was made as a rectangle and remains on its original stretcher). This pretty maiden depicts the subject called The Flower Girl after J R Smith. We see a central oval with hand painted watercolour clouds and sky. She stands beside a flowing stream and rocks. Her pretty hat stitched in silk thread, her basket also. Her face, hands and roses are all beautifully hand painted. The rocks are also hand drawn but then have the tiniest little silk French knots that appear like a stipple engraving. Her clothing, grass and sweet fairy tale cottage in the background are all wrought from wool which is worked in long and short stitch.
The frame measures 12.5" (32 cm) by 9.5" (24 cm), the actual silk picture 10 1/8" (25.5 cm) by 7 3/8" (18.5 cm), the oval depiction 9.5" (24 cm) by 6.5" (16.5 cm).
Condition - This silk embroidery has hung on old English walls throughout its early life and as such, the damp has transferred through the paper backing to the silk ground - now visible as small fox marks and a slightly larger arch shadow to the top of the oval. There is just one small area of damaged silk at approx 11 o clock (see image). This is where missing backing board made the reverse only protected by backing paper, if handled in the wrong way fingers would puncture this paper and push through the stretcher, resulting in damage to the silk (sadly we have often seen this happen). Therefore, to prevent this happening in the future, we have added a backing board to the reverse. This original silkwork beauty is now safely preserved for the future and ready to hang.
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