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The Indian Princess

Date:
ca. 1750
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Wool and silk on linen, embroidered
Dimensions:
10 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (27.3 x 34.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard, 1953
Accession Number:
53.179.13
Not on view
This piece is one of five known versions of this design completed by young ladies at school in Boston. All feature the rather large upright shepherdess with her smaller shepherd suitor in a black hat to one side. The Museum’s shepherdess traditionally has been called the Indian Princess because of what appears to be a feathered headdress peeking out from behind her hair. In the eighteenth century an Indian princess was an understood symbol for the American colonies.
Inscription: inscribed in cross-stitch in upper right: L S / E
Mrs. Screven Lorillard, until 1953
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