A fine pair of English George III period silkwork pictures, dated 1797.
These are charming Georgian (late 18th century) needleworks of children playing. In one scene a boy is attempting to capture a butterfly. In the other a girl is playfully tickling the nose of a sleeping boy, exhausted after ”hoop rolling”.
Both are in near-perfect condition retaining their original vibrant colours – rare for antique silkwork pictures 224 years old.
Apparently in their original frames and mounts. One bearing the inscription: “Innocent Mischief – From the picture by Richard Westall RA, engraved by C. Josi”.
‘The Boy’s Treasury of Sports, Pastimes, and Recreations: With Nearly Four Hundred Engravings’ J. P. Hill (1848) p. 15.
H 54 cm
W 44 cm
D 5 cm.
Ref: BHA 1006.