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Object Name: Needlework picture
Date: ca. 1800
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Medium: Silk, wood, glass, paint, gilt
Dimensions: Framed: 1 in. × 12 1/4 in. × 10 1/2 in. (2.5 × 31.1 × 26.7 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Philadelphia
Description: Horizontal rectangular framed needlework picture; various colors of silk chenille on white satin, representing a basket of flowers; black border painted on glass with inner eglomise border, with the initials "E A" at the bottom; gilt wooden frame.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Burr Smith
Object Number: 1980.58
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Marks: painted: center bottom of glass covering: "E A" handwritten: on paper on reverse: "Art Work of Eliza Anthony, daughter / of Joseph Anthony, silversmith and / his wife, Henrietta Hillegas, daug. of / Micheal Hillegas, the First Treasurer / of the United States. (See E. A. on frame mat.)"

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This needlework picture was embroidered by Eliza Anthony, daughter of Joseph Anthony (1762-1814) and Henrietta Hillegas. Her maternal grandfather, Michael Hillegas, was the first treasurer of the U.S. Her father was a silversmith who worked on Market Street in Philadelphia from 1783.