Been working on the birdhouse frame a lot which doesn’t make for an interesting update, but now we have a new face on #forthebirds so I feel I can justify it. I’ve been thinking a lot about my #grandmother this weekend (who this piece is for.) I should call her more. I hope she’s ok. (And I hope I can get this done for Christmas for her!) #bluejay #finch #crossstitch #pointedecroix #needlework #crafts #green
I love this! It’s looking wonderful!
[Sarah V. Forster, “Paul & Virginia,” silk and chenille embroidery. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.]
This needlework picture was made by Sarah V. Forster, likely while at school as a young teenager. It shows a scene from the novel Paul and Virginia by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. The novel was so popular that scenes were portrayed in virtually every medium.
In following with the extremely popular Cult of Nature, Paul and Virginia tells the story of a boy and girl who grow up in colonial Mauritania, away from the corrupting influence of society. They grow up as beautiful and innocent people until Virginia is sent on a visit to France. After her visit, now corrupted by societal expectations, Virginia drowns when she refuses to take off her dress after falling overboard. This needlework scene shows Paul, who remains uncorrupted, moved to pray on what he does not realize is the very spot Virginia was buried.
Today, we can instantly recognize this as fanart—art inspired by someone else’s creation. In today’s context, Paul & Virginia would be a YA Paranormal Romance inspired by Twilight, and this would be fanart by a teenage girl.
This is lovely and the story is fascinating! Yay for history!