Embroidered Picture

Scene inspired by a 1797 entertainment held in Philadelphia honoring Washington's retirement to Mount Vernon after his second Presidential term.

Sarah Montgomery Thompson, American. Based on a drawing by John James Barralet, Irish (active United States), 1747 - 1815. Drawing engraved by Alexander Lawson, American (born Scotland), 1773 - 1846. Engraving published by Benjamin Davies, Philadelphia, 1799, American.

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1800

Medium:
Silk plain weave with silk floss and silk chenille embroidery in satin, encroaching satin, couching, stem, and cross stitches and bullion knots; gouache paint

Dimensions:
Length x Width: 24 1/4 x 25 inches (61.6 x 63.5 cm) Framed (LxWxD): 31 x 32 1/2 x 2 inches (78.7 x 82.6 x 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1894-274

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henry Nagle, 1894

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  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This composition is based on General Washington's Resignation, which was drawn by John James Barralet (1747 - 1815), engraved by Alexander Lawson (1773 - 1846), and published by Benjamin Davies in Philadelphia in 1799. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 85.