Linen canvas worked with silk and metal thread, seed pearls; tent, couching, and straight stitch
L. 14 3/4 x W. 22 1/2 inches (37.5 x 57.2 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Thomas J. Watson Gift, 1939
Not on view
The central scene of this panel depicts Elkanah with his wives, Penninah and Hannah-the older of the two and mother to the prophet Samuel. The now faint inscription "XI" on the doorway lintel of the house in the background refers to Samuel 1:11 in which Hannah prays for a male child.
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view