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Shepherd and Shepherdess

Ann Gardner (1755–1836)
ca. 1770
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Linen embroidered with wool and silk threads; decorated with paper
18 x 25 in. (45.7 x 63.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mabel Herbert Harper, 1957
Accession Number:
Not on view
The image of a reclining shepherdess is common to a Boston embroidery school (or schools). The inked outline drawing that was filled with embroidery is still apparent at the top of the linen support. Ann Gardner did not complete the picture; at a later date another hand added the long silk stitches in the pond and pasted on the gentleman’s paper face.
Inscription: sewn on the back a faded note: this piece of crewel work was done by Ann Gardner born / in Boston 1755 when she was about 15 years old / She was so ill that she was not allowed to finish it. / She married John Winslow who was born 1753 / She died in Boston in Nov 12 1836 / Dec 2, 1879 / J F. Trott.
American Art Galleries; Mabel Herbert Harper, until 1957
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