Palemon and Lavinia

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Palemon and Lavinia
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N0121.1961
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Little is known about Sophia Burpee, except that she was married in 1813 and died the following year, possibly of typhoid fever, at the age of 26. She is the subject of an oil portrait in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the artist of several watercolors and this silk embroidery probably completed at school. This scene is taken from a print illustrating James Thomson's poem "Autumn," published in London in 1730, and shows the moment described in the poem when Palemon recognizes that Lavinia, a gleaner in his field, is the long-sought daughter of his friend, Acasto. Young ladies such as Burpee, who learned their needlework skills in finishing schools, often had access to libraries of illustrated French and English literary works.
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height 18.75 in ; width 16.5 in
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