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Return of Jephthah

Date:
third quarter 17th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Canvas worked with silk and metal thread; tent, Gobelin, satin, split, stem, knotted, straight, Ceylon, couching, and detached buttonhole stitch variations
Dimensions:
Overall: 17 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (44.1 x 54 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.28.200
Not on view
This Old Testament scene was probably drawn by a local artist for the young lady of rank who worked it with unusual skill and delicacy. As was frequent, he composed the picture from a variety of sources. The graceful figures of the daughter and her attendant are seen in other embroidered pictures of the period and must have come originally from an engraving, such as the scenes from the life of David by Martin de Vos and Johann Sadler, which provided the group of Roman warriors used here to represent the elders of Gilead.
Percival D. Griffiths ; Mrs. Emily Hesslein (until 1962; her sale, Sotheby's London, March 30, 1962, lot 99) ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
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