Embroidered picture: The Washington Family

American (Massachusetts)
About 1810
Copied after Edward Savage (American, 1761–1817)

Object Place: MA, USA


height x width x depth (with frame): 63.3 x 78.6 x 5.2 cm (24 15/16 x 30 15/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk with silk and metal thread embroidery and pigment and wood frame with reverse painted glass

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pictorial embroidery. Silk, chenille and metallic threads embroidered on silk with painted details and background. Framed and glazed; black painted matte. Hand-written inscription of reverse reads: “This picture was about 88[?] years old I wand C.[?]E.T. 2d to have as he is the only Thayer boy at the present time I want to understand his Great Grand Mother worked it.” Condition: Fair-good; some fading; flaking of pigment on painted matte.


Worked by a member of the Thayer Family after a print engraved by Edward Savage (1761-1817) and published by Savage and Robert Wilkinson, 58 Cornhill, London, in 1798, after a painting of the same scene by Savage, executed between 1789 and 1796, now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Credit Line

Bequest of Nancy Thayer Batchelder