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Embroidered Picture

Scene inspired by a 1797 entertainment held in Philadelphia honoring Washington's retirement to Mount Vernon after his second Presidential term.

Sarah Montgomery Thompson, American. Based on a drawing by John James Barralet, Irish (active United States), 1747 - 1815. Drawing engraved by Alexander Lawson, American (born Scotland), 1773 - 1846. Engraving published by Benjamin Davies, Philadelphia, 1799, American.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


c. 1800

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)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henry Nagle, 1894

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  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This composition is based on General Washington's Resignation, which was drawn by John James Barralet (1747 - 1815), engraved by Alexander Lawson (1773 - 1846), and published by Benjamin Davies in Philadelphia in 1799. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 85.