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Woolwork picture of a steamship

Date: 1860s-1870s
Overall (framed): 662 x 797 x 25 mm
Medium: Wool, beads, maple
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Woolwork picture
Object No: 00045820

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    HistoryWool pictures were mostly produced between 1840 and 1900 by British sailors. They cover many subjects, but commonly show broadside views of ships, 'patriotic' flags, and samples of embroidered patterns such as flowers, demonstrating the skill of the embroiderer. They were almost never signed, and are usually naive in character, but the detail of the ships in woolworks indicates that they were the work of seamen. Sewing and sailmaking were important skills of seamen, and woolwork pictures show the expertise they brought to this engaging handcraft.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Woolwork picture of a steamship

    Assigned title: Woolwork picture of an auxiliary steamship

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