London, Published as the Act directs, April 29, 1806, for the Proprietor, by P.W. Tomkins, 49, New Bond St.
Colour-printed stipple. 494 x 393mm. 19½ x 15½". Two small creases just inside the platemark.
Mary Linwood (1755-1845) was a needle woman who exhibited her worsted embroidery or crewel embroidery in Leicester and London, and was the school mistress of a private school later known as Mary Linwood Comprehensive School. She received a medal in 1790 from the Society of Arts. For nearly seventy-five years Mary worked in worsted embroidery, producing a collection of over 100 pictures that specialised in full size copies of old masters. She opened an exhibition in the Hanover Square Rooms in 1798, which afterward travelled to Leicester Square, Edinburgh and Dublin. Mary Linwood's copies of old master paintings in crewel wool (named from the crewel or worsted wool used), in which the irregular and sloping stitches resembled brushwork, achieved great fame from the time of her first London exhibition in 1787. She met most of the crowned heads of Europe. Her exhibition in Leicester Square, London, was the first art show to be illuminated by gaslight. So successful was Mary Linwood that she was able to commission John Hoppner to paint her portrait; and John Constable's first commissioned work was to paint the background details in one of her works. The needle work pictures continued to be exhibited in Leicester square in London continuously for forty year. See Stock No: 28138 Worsted Embroidery, A Tigress, after Stubbs.
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