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Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture for George Washington, Probably Susanna Rawson's Academy, Boston, Circa 1820
worked in all-over stitching on a linen ground, the figure of a young maiden placing garlands of flowers on a monument initialed G W; her face and sandaled feet professionally painted.
13 1/4 by 9 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Stanley A. Sax.

Catalogue Note

The figure was derived from Shakespeare's Tomb engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi after Angelica Kauffman and published in London by Anthony Poggi, August 1, 1782.  Elements of the composition were widely copied for neoclassical silk embroideries in England and America.  For the print, see Betty Ring, Girlhood Embroidery, Vol. I, p. 20, fig. 20; and for a closely related embroidery, see Anita Schorsch, Mourning Becomes America: Mourning Art in the New Nation, (Philadelphia, 1976), fig. 17/42.

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