Embroidered picture

Harvest Scene

mid-18th century

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 48.3 x 55.5 x 3.5cm (19 x 21 7/8 x 1 3/8in.) Including frame Overall: 40 x 47.6 cm (15 3/4 x 18 3/4 in.) textile only

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk, wool and glass beads

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Embroidered picture worked in wool and silk on linen canvas in primarily tent stitch with strawberries and sheep worked in French knots. Shades of green, blue, red, yellow, black and white. Compostition depicts a harvest scene; figures of a man and a woman thresh the wheat with sickles. Colors bright; condition good. Framed and glazed. Reverse of frame has a label reading: “London/Sold by John Bondes (?) and Son at the Black House in Cornhill.”


Embroidered by a member of Greene family of Boston (great great aunt or grandmother of Ms. Whitman); Bought from among the belongings of Coz H. Chandler; Given to Ms. Whitman by her Aunt "Anna"; Gift from Mrs. Sylvia C. Whitman to MFA, November 12, 1964

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Sylvia C. Whitman