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Object ID 1954.002.001
Object Name Picture, Needlework
Collection Textiles
Credit line Bequest of Mary Watson Green
Year Range from 1844
Year Range to 1847
Artist Mary Drucilla Kilgore
Made Mary Drucilla Kilgore
Description Framed, wool needlework picture in a mahogany veneer frame. The needlework features a central image of a white house with a red roof and central doorway that is flanked on each side by two windows. There are two other buildings visible to the left of the white house. All the buildings are flanked on both sides by trees and the entire scene is presented against a white background. There are two 3 1/2" diameter floral medallions above the central scene with the houses. The foreground contains three evenly spaced motifs on the linen ground: a central dog curled up on a red dog bed or cushion flanked on each side by two identical pink rose and lyre medallions. The 2" wide floral border around the entire composition only seems to be complete along the lower edge, which has a white background for the flowers that is not present on the other three edges.

A label formerly attached to the back of the frame read: "This sampler was made by Mary Drucilla Kilgore between the ages of eight and eleven (1844-47). The frame was secured by cutting greens and sending them to market by a neighbor, as her father, puritanic in type, refused to give her any money for the frame. Mary Drucilla Kilgore later married Daniel Green and spent practically all of her life in Newport, Delaware."
Dimensions H-30 W-27 D-2 inches
Dimension Details Framed dimensions; needlework is 20 1/2" wide x 23 5/8" high
Provenance This needlework picture was made by the donor's mother, Mary Drucilla Kilgore (1836-1907; later Mrs. Daniel Green of Newport, DE), the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Borland) Kilgore of Christiana Hundred, DE.
Subjects Needlework
Search Terms Christiana Hundred
Needlework Pictures
Berlin Work
Mary Drucilla Kilgore
Mary Kilgore
Nineteenth Century
Material Wool embroidery on linen
Place of Origin Christiana Hundred, DE