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Embroidered Picture
Embroidered Picture, c. 1800
Sarah Montgomery Thompson, American
Silk plain weave with silk floss and silk chenille embroidery in satin, encroaching satin, couching, stem, and cross stitches and bullion knots; gouache paint
Length x Width: 24 1/4 x 25 inches (61.6 x 63.5 cm) Framed (LxWxD): 31 x 32 1/2 x 2 inches (78.7 x 82.6 x 5.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry Nagle, 1894
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Let’s Look

  • What is happening in this picture?
  • What do you see in the foreground? Middle ground? Background?
  • Describe the colors the artist used. What mood or feeling do they create?

Let’s Look Again

  • Look for symbols that relate to the United States. Where have you seen them before? What do they represent?
  • What might the figures’ poses convey? What could they be saying?
  • How do you think the maker, Sarah Montgomery Thompson, felt about the United States and George Washington? How do you know?


Connect and Compare

  • Find other images of presidents in books, magazines, and online. What qualities are captured in their portraits? How are those characteristics conveyed?
  • There are many symbols in the Embroidered Picture that relate to the United States. What are other national symbols? Where have you seen them? What do they represent?

Related Art Activity

Try your hand at stitching a picture. Draw a simple sketch onto a piece of burlap. Then thread a plastic needle with yarn, knot the end, and create small stitches to trace the lines of the designs drawn on the burlap.

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