Pair of Georgian black silk work pictures by E and S Macer, The pictures are both of beautifully embroidered rural scenes in monochrome tones, the one by E. Macer depicts an amusing scene of a character riding an ass and brandishing a brush with a second character, also on an ass, in hot pursuit, watched over by two amused ladies. The scene by S.Macer depicts figures collecting wood, walking over a bridge toward a cottage and with a windmill and a further cottage in the background. Both the pictures are in their original period gilt wood frames.
English, circa 1780
Silk embroidered pictures of this type where typically the work of young ladies who would be taught the art of watercolour painting and embroidery, considered to be suitable pastimes for ladies of a certain social standing. E and S. Macer were most probably sisters who would have sat together for weeks to create this pair of pictures, to go together but depicting scenes of their own choosing.