Fishing Lady Needlework Picture
Boston, MA c. 1770
Boston canvaswork pictures from the mid-eighteenth century are highly
sought after and very rarely come on the market. The scene is embellished with a fishing lady and her suitor,
romping dogs, a house and windmill in the background, and a myriad of birds and butterflies, all in a bucolic setting.
These pictures are derived from a group of 17th century French prints referred to as the "Fishing Lady"
that were popular in Boston in the mid-18th century. The two most copied were courting scenes: one with a lady
fishing and a gentleman by her side; and the other a" Reclining Shepherdess" with a shepherd standing
nearby watching over his sheep. They feature bucolic landscapes filled with animals, trees, and flowers set among
hillocks and sometimes a manor house in the distance.
Silk on linen; 18 1/8" x 22 1/8" sight.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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