Silk picture: Happiness


Object Place: USA


47.2 x 53.7 x 4 cm (18 9/16 x 21 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.) Including frame

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk taffeta with silk embroidery and pigment and wood frame with reverse painted glass

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



White silk taffeta ground, painted and embroidered in satin and knotted stitches with polychrome silks. Left of center, a man stands beside his wife and child under a tree on lawn of a white house; center, a brown dog; foreground, ducks in a pond; right, boy in blue suit by a bushy tree. In the distance men harvesting wheat; beyond, two small ships on body of water (?) Black and gold matte painted on glass bears inscription: “Happiness/Wrought by Elizabeth M,S, Watson, AE.11.” Silks and paints faded; glass cracked lower left corner. Orig. fram.

Credit Line

Gift of Misses Mildred and Margaret Allen