Embroidered Picture

Reclining Shepherdess

about 1770
Elizabeth Carr Chipman Stickney (American, 1759–1796)


Framed: 51.7 x 54 cm (20 5/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk; painted paper

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Framed embroidery with pictorial scene of a shepherd and a reclining shepherdess. Animals in the foreground and a house in the background. Original frame.


Elizabeth Carr Chipman (Mrs. Jonathan) Stickney (b. 1759), Newburyport, MA; by inheritence to her daughter, Judith Stickney (b. 1791); by inheritance to Mrs. F.R. Radcliffe; by inheritance to her daughter, Philetta M. Radcliffe (Mrs. Whitman Smith); 1933, by inheritance to her daugther, Arla Dell Smith, Laguna Niguel, CA; 2011, gift of Arla Smith to the MFA (Accession Date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Arla Delle Smith in memory of her mother, Philetta Radcliffe Smith