Schoolgirl needlework and watercolor on a silk panel. The needlework is nicely framed in an old frame and in very good condition, with minor foxing in the sky. It is attributed to Samuel Folwell, (1764-1813), a noted portraiture artist, who designed the composition and painted faces on silk to be embroidered by young women enrolled at the Philadelphia embroidery school of Ann Elizabeth Folwell, his wife. Circa 1800, Pennsylvania.
The picture depicts a scene from the opera Rosina, a comedy composed by William Shield, (1748-1829). This opera was likely the first use of the traditional melody, "Auld Lang Syne". Here, Mr. Belville sleeps under a tree while his romantic interest, Rosina, uses one of her ribbons to tie the tree branches together to shade him from the sun.
Dimensions: 28½” x 23¾”; Viewed Area: 24½” x 19¾”
Item No. 200032