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Embroidered Picture

ca. 1910 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This embroidery was illustrated in the Studio Yearbook for 1912 (p.98) and may have been designed specially by Ann Macbeth for her embroidery students at the Glasgow School of Art. Other similar embroideries showing single woman figures have survived so it is possible that such compositions were prepared as exercises or special commissions for students to work under supervision.

Ann Macbeth was born in Bolton, Lancashire. She enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art in 1897, won a prize for needlework two years later and in 1901 was appointed assistant to Jessie Newbery. She took charge of the embroidery classes at the School of Art in 1908. Her work was highly regarded and publication in contemporary magazines included an appreciation by Francis Newbery in The Studio in 1902.

She also taught metalwork, bookbinding and ceramics and, as a freelance artist, produced designs for jewellery, carpets and textiles. Her book Educational Needlecraft (1911), written with Margaret Swanson, was one of the most forward-looking texts written on the craft. It based its exercises on the developing co-ordination and eyesight of children whilst fostering originality and innovation.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silk satin, silk floss embroidery, couched metal thread, beads, faux pearls
Brief description
Embroidered picture of St Elizabeth of Hungary, satin weave silk ground with embroidery in floss silks and metal threads, with beads and faux pearls, designed by Ann Macbeth, embroidered by Elizabeth Jackson, Glasgow, Scotland, ca. 1910
Physical description
Embroidered picture of St Elizabeth of Hungary. She holds up her over-skirt which is full of roses. Cream satin weave silk embroidered with floss silks in green, grey, mauve, pink, purple and blue in satin, stem, chain and long and short stitches with some couched metal thread, gold beads and pink translucent stones.
Dimensions
  • Height: 41.2cm
  • Width: 20.9cm
  • Height: 16.25in
  • Width: 8.25in
Dimensions checked: Measured; 19/01/1999 by sf
Marks and inscriptions
Gallery label
British Galleries: Ann Macbeth probably designed this picture for her embroidery students at the Glasgow School of Art. This version uses a variety of techniques and is influenced by the work of Jessie Newbery.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Ann Bowles
Object history
Designed by Ann Macbeth (born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England in 1875, died in Carlisle, Cumbria, England in 1948) and embroidered by Elizabeth Jackson (née Wood) in Glasgow, Scotland.
Subject depicted
Summary
This embroidery was illustrated in the Studio Yearbook for 1912 (p.98) and may have been designed specially by Ann Macbeth for her embroidery students at the Glasgow School of Art. Other similar embroideries showing single woman figures have survived so it is possible that such compositions were prepared as exercises or special commissions for students to work under supervision.

Ann Macbeth was born in Bolton, Lancashire. She enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art in 1897, won a prize for needlework two years later and in 1901 was appointed assistant to Jessie Newbery. She took charge of the embroidery classes at the School of Art in 1908. Her work was highly regarded and publication in contemporary magazines included an appreciation by Francis Newbery in The Studio in 1902.

She also taught metalwork, bookbinding and ceramics and, as a freelance artist, produced designs for jewellery, carpets and textiles. Her book Educational Needlecraft (1911), written with Margaret Swanson, was one of the most forward-looking texts written on the craft. It based its exercises on the developing co-ordination and eyesight of children whilst fostering originality and innovation.
Bibliographic references
  • Silk: Fibre, Fabric and Fashion, edited by Lesley Ellis Miller and Ana Cabrera Lafuente with Claire Allen-Johnstone, Thames and Hudson Ltd. in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2021, p. 402
  • Miller, Lesley Ellis, and Ana Cabrera Lafuente, with Claire Allen-Johnstone, eds. Silk: Fibre, Fabric and Fashion. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2021. ISBN 978-0-500-48065-6. This object features in the publication Silk: Fibre, Fabric and Fashion (2021)
Collection
Accession number
T.359-1967

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Record createdMarch 27, 2003
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