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Embroidered picture
  • Embroidered picture
    Harrison, Edmund, born 1590 - died 1667
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Embroidered picture

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1637 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Harrison, Edmund, born 1590 - died 1667 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silver, and silver-gilt thread embroidery on linen

  • Credit Line:

    Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1637 (made)


Harrison, Edmund, born 1590 - died 1667 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, silver, and silver-gilt thread embroidery on linen


Length: 43 in, Width: 28.5 in

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File no. 1930/7836.

Historical context note

Companion panel, The Adoration of the Magi, submitted at the same time (neg. 28989).

Descriptive line

Embroidered by Edmund Harrison depicting Adoration of the Shepherds; England; 1637.


Linen; Silk thread; Silver thread; Silver-gilt thread



Subjects depicted

Ass (animal); Cherubs; Oxen; Shepherds


Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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