19th c. Pin Prick Silk Needlework on Paper M. BAGSHAW - Disability History
This miniature embroidery is a unique and RAREtreasure. Besides it size, in handwritten cursive it explains "the work performed with the mouth by M. Bagshaw". This early 19th c. pin prick silk needlework on paper was created by gripping with her teeth, and using her toes to implement the tools.
In a similar work, she signed her name: "Needlework of Mrs. Bagshaw, the American Lady", removing the reference to her disabilities. Perhaps in her confidence, she believed that highlighting her disabilities was no longer needed, and her work stood on its own merit. Likely inspired at the time by the influential disabled artist Martha Ann Honeywell, it is possible that she partnered with Martha in exhibiting her work.
For a fascinating presentation on the historic legacy of Martha Ann Honeywell, the Disability History Association Interview with Laurel Daen, Dec. 2018 is very inspiring.
c. 1810 - 1820
Frame: 6" x 4.75" x 0.5"
Creases to paper ground. Silk thread is still vibrant. In original period frame.
Surface wear to frame with several areas of loss to chipped pigment.