|Miss Mary Linwood, Artist in Needlework|
John Hoppner, R.A., c. 1800
Here, we see a portrait of Mary Linwood whose copies of old master paintings in crewel wool (named from the crewel or worsted wool that was employed) were celebrated as artistic novelties. Linwood would recreate the original artist’s brush strokes with stitches and achieved great fame with her first London exhibition in 1787. She was so popular, in fact, on one occasion her copy of a painting by the Italian artist Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) was sold for more than the original.