Unknown artist (American)
Linen embroidered with wool and silk thread
10 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (27.31 x 34.93 cm)
Inscribed: L S/B
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard, 1953 (53.179.13)
This is one of five known versions of this design completed by young ladies at school in Boston. All are stitched in wool using Roumanian couching and feature the rather large upright shepherdess, with her smaller shepherd suitor in a black hat to one side. The Museum's shepherdess traditionally has been called the Indian Princess because of what appears to be a feathered headdress peeking out from behind her hair. In the eighteenth century, an Indian princess was an accepted symbol for the American colonies. None of the other shepherdesses in this group of needleworks is graced with this symbolic accoutrement.