Mary Linwood

(1755—1845) artist in needlework

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(bapt Birmingham, 18 July 1755; d Leicester, 2 March 1845). English needlework artist. In 1764 her father became bankrupt, and the family moved to Leicester. By 1775 she had established herself as a needlework artist. Her embroidery versions of paintings by old masters were enormously popular, even in noble circles: she was invited to show her work to Queen Charlotte at Windsor Castle, and the exhibition of her work in Savile House, on the north side of Leicester Square, remained open for more than 40 years. She is said to have refused an offer of 3000 guineas for her version of Carlo Dolci's Salvator Mundi, instead bequeathing it to Queen Victoria. Her work does not accord with 21st-century taste, but was celebrated in Victorian England.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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