This is a wonderful piece of early 1900's or earlier muslin fabric on its original wall hanging backing. As you can see the repeat, it was probably from a larger piece that was drapery or other covering. The printing most likely was done by roller printing which began in the 1800's and continued into the early 20th C where each color was on a different roller, or cylinder. The muslin with its wonderful texture was an excellent medium for the printing process. The fabric is sewn to a large black fine cotton backing, a red thin yarn border is expertly hand sewn all around the edge, broken in a few places from age.
As to the scenes, they are beautifully rendered in a kind of etching technique with blocks of color. Replete with country cottage, windmills, ships, sail boats, lighthouse on rocks, birds, trees, early American figures, beautiful trees and rolling clouds, this is a piece that would be charming and lovely in a country rustic setting. It is large enough at 36" wide and 29" long to be hung over a bed or country cottage wall.
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