A fine pair of English antique silkwork pictures, dated 1797.
Charming Georgian needleworks of children playing. In one picture a boy is attempting to capture a butterfly. In the other picture 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 silkwork pictures over 200 years old.
Apparently in their original frames and mounts. One bearing the inscription: “Innocent Mischief – From the picture by Richard Westall, R.A., engraved by C. Josi”.
Note: one frame is very slightly larger than its pair.
The Boy’s Treasury of Sports, Pastimes, and Recreations: With Nearly Four Hundred Engravings, J.P. Hill, 1848, p. 15.