A FINE ENGLISH NEEDLEWORK PANEL worked on linen in coloured silk and wool with a shepherd observing two gleaners, a squirrel in the branches of a flowering chestnut tree opposite a richly fruiting vine, flowers in the foreground, 96 x 60cm, mounted on a parcel gilt, carved walnut pole screen
Provenance: Sir Frederick Richmond, Bart (1873-1953)
Illustrated: Wace (A J B) Embroidery in the Collection of Sir Frederick Richmond, Bt, article in Apollo, pt II, July-December 1933, Fig X, p28: "Rather more naturalistic is a screen panel (Fig.X), with purely rural subjects. Here, a farmer accompanied by his two sons inspects his fields. Before them runs a small dog. The sons are looking at a bed of rushes and some sheep are seen behind them. Wild flowers flourished luxurently in the foreground, and the farmer is overshadowed by a tall vine well laden with grapes. On the other side stands a big flowering tree on which sits a squirrel eating nut. The piece is excellently worked throughout in petit and gros point, the colours are harmoniously handled. The bold yet simple drawing, the slight tendency towards conventionality, and the skillful composition make this panel one of the best pieces of its period. It is probably English in workmanship though based on continental designs."