17th century embroidered panel, English, depicting the biblical story of the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael by Abraham. Finely wrought featuring a lion, leopard, stag; birds, butterflies, snails and other critters... at lower right is a fishpond with a frog and fish. Beautiful flowers, fruited trees, and a well populate the colorful hillocks. There is nary any negative space in this composition. A wonderful work closely following known prints and paintings of the period.
Date: Second half of the seventeenth century
Measurement: Frame: 22.5" x 17.5"; view: 18" x 13"
Material: Polychromed silk thread
Condition: Excellent, likely the original frame and strainer
Reference: English Embroideries by Mary M. Brooks, page 34, catalog 5. Also, Catalog of Embroideries [Lady Lever Art Gallery] by Xanthe Brooke; pp. 42, 23 and 44.