A Wonderful Pair of late 18th Century Silk Work Embroideries by Miss Clifton
Both the pictures beautifully embroidered in monochrome tones of creams and browns. One depicts a lady sitting by a cottage, writing on her writing slope, while her cat attempts to distract her by playing with her skirts, while on the garden path there is a gentleman who appears to be loading a musket! The second picture depicts a lady sitting by a bucket and staring into the distance where we see a figure on a horse riding away. Both the pictures are in their original gilt wood frames which while not identical but are very well matched. One is signed directly on to the backing paper “Miss Clifton” while the other has a label signed “Miss Clifton 1786”.
English, circa 1790
29cm and 29.5cm Diameter (the frames)
Silk embroidered pictures of this type where typically the work of young ladies who would be taught the art of watercolour painting and embroidery which were considered to be suitable pass times for ladies of a certain social standing. Miss Clifton was clearly an exceptionally talented lady who enjoyed telling a story through her pictures.
Condition: The pictures are in exceptional condition given their age. The frames both shown some wear, a small crack to one and a slightly larger crack with some losses to the other but are in overall good condition.
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