Panel from bedcover

Made by Marguerite Zorach (American, 1887–1968)

Object Place: United States


Height x width: 90 1/2 x 71 5/8 in. (229.8 x 182 cm) (Maximum dimensions)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool, embroidered

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Polychrome wool embroidered on linen. Scene depics God and four angels looking down on the pursuits of the artist’s family on sea and land. Includes two figures on large sail boat below large fish. Other scenes of figures in landscape. SIGNED: MADE FOR HELEN HOOPER BROWN AND LATHROP BROWN IN THE YEARS 1925-1925 BY MARGUERITE ZORACH. Condition: Good, linen slightly soiled, especially top edge; tack holes around edges.


About 1925-28, commissioned by Mrs. Lathrop Brown (Helen Hooper Brown), Boston [see note 1]. By about 1982, with Maddie Sadofski of Thanks For the Memories shop, Los Angeles, CA [see note 2]; sold by Sadofski to the MFA (Accession date: June 24, 1992)

[1] According to undated notes in the curatorial file. The bedspread originally had three additional side panels, which were cut off at an unknown date (possibly by the artist), but definitely after 1930, when the piece was published intact in "The Embroideries of Marguerite Zorach," Marya Mannes, International Studio, March 1930, pp. 29-33 (location not specified). Two of the side panels were joined to make 1992.351.

[2] According to Tessim Zorach (the artist's son), the bedspread was not in the inventory of Zorach items in Mrs. Lathrop Brown's collection, which encompassed pieces "in a warehouse in New York for about 30 years." It is unclear when this inventory was completed. Further notes indicate that Sadofski had purchased 1992.351-352 about ten years before acquisition by the MFA.

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Reproduced with permission.