Shepherd and Children

Deborah Sampson American

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Figures of children rarely appear in eighteenth-century needlework; the prevalent motif was the courting couple. This nineteenth-century needlework picture featuring a shepherd playing his pipe to amuse children rather than to entice his female companion may suggest that the young lady who sewed it was more interested in family than romance.

Shepherd and Children, Deborah Sampson, Silk embroidered with chenille and silk threads,
watercolor, American

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