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Embroidered Picture

1637 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Embroidered panel depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds worked in silk, silver, and silver-gilt thread on linen in long and short, split, brick, and satin stitches and couched work.

On the right sits the Virgin on a heap of hay, the Christ Child beside her. Behind her are Joseph and St. Anne. Behind Joseph's shoulder can be seen the heads of the ox and the ass. On the left are three shepherds, the one in front kneeling on a cushion. At the top are clouds, opening and shedding golden light downwards, and revealing the figures of two cherubs. All the colours are very subdued.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silk, silver, and silver-gilt thread embroidery on linen
Brief description
Embroidered by Edmund Harrison depicting Adoration of the Shepherds; England; 1637.
Physical description
Embroidered panel depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds worked in silk, silver, and silver-gilt thread on linen in long and short, split, brick, and satin stitches and couched work.

On the right sits the Virgin on a heap of hay, the Christ Child beside her. Behind her are Joseph and St. Anne. Behind Joseph's shoulder can be seen the heads of the ox and the ass. On the left are three shepherds, the one in front kneeling on a cushion. At the top are clouds, opening and shedding golden light downwards, and revealing the figures of two cherubs. All the colours are very subdued.
Dimensions
  • Length: 43in
  • Width: 28.5in
Marks and inscriptions
  • Transliteration
Credit line
Murray Bequest
Object history
Purchased. Registered File no. 1930/7836.
Historical context
Companion panel, The Adoration of the Magi, submitted at the same time (neg. 28989).
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession number
T.147-1930

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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