Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

"Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night"

Maker:
Dora Wheeler (1856–1940)
Maker:
Associated Artists (1883–1907)
Date:
1886
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk embroidered with silk thread
Dimensions:
45 x 68 in. (114.3 x 172.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Gift and funds from various donors, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.230
Not on view
The piece passed down from Candace Wheeler to her granddaughter Candace Stimson, who donated it to the Wellesley College Art Museum in 1934. In 1952, Wellesley sold the piece to Castano Galleries in Boston. From there it made its way to the textile department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A curator from the MFA donated it to the Shelburne Museum in 1955. It remained there, stored in a barn until it was rediscovered during the course of the research preceding the opening of the 2001 Candace Wheeler exhibition at the MMA.
Related Objects

Fairy in Irises

Artist: Dora Wheeler (1856–1940) Date: 1888 Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white thick wood pulp wove card Accession: 2002.355.4 On view in:Not on view

Chair

Artist: Herter Brothers (German, active New York, 1864–1906) Date: 1877–79 Medium: Ebonized cherry, marquetry of lighter woods, gilding Accession: 1992.80 On view in:Gallery 746

Settee

Artist: George Jakob Hunzinger (1835–1898) Date: ca. 1876–85 Medium: Ebonized cherry, fabric-covered steel mesh Accession: 1992.269 On view in:Gallery 774

Card table

Artist: Charles-Honoré Lannuier (France 1779–1819 New York) Date: 1817 Medium: Mahogany veneer, white pine, yellow poplar, gilded gesso, vert antique, and gilded brass Accession: 1995.377.1 On view in:Gallery 728