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Needlework Picture

Cloyd, Elizabeth
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
silk, chenille, ribbon, paint –crepe
Framed HOA 15 3/4 WOA 16 7/8 ; Unframed HOA 13 5/8 WOA 14 1/2
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DESCRIPTION: Picture made of silk, chenille, ribbon, and paint on silk depicting a girl holding a cat encircled by a wreath motif; head and arm of girl, sky, and greenery below sky are painted; the rest of picture is done in needlework; predominant colors are green, gold, and brown with one large red flower on left side of wreath; for restoration purposes netting has been placed over large red flower and some greenery; gold frame.

DESIGN INSPIRATION: It is possible that Elizabeth and her fellow students used prints as inspiration or patterns for their needlework pictures. A nineteenth century print in the collection of the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA, includes a nineteenth cebtury print entitles, “An Evening Lesson” published by B. Branmell, 572 North Second Street, Philadelphia, that depicts a younf girl holding a cat on her lap and a book in one hand. The face and hair ofthe girl are quite similar to the face and hair of the girl depicted on Elizabeth Cloy’s needlework.

Elizabeth Cloyd (1816-1869) attended Salem between 1829 and 1832. She was from Montgomery County, Virginia. Elizabeth completed the needlework portion of this piece. The faces may have been painted by Salem artist, Daniel Welfare.
Credit Line:
Old Salem Museums & Gardens