Title: "Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony, A.D. 1680", circa 1903 |
Accession Number: 2005.34.124.6
Maker: Singer Sewing Machine Company
Place: USA, TX
Date: circa 1903
Description: Print; "Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony, A.D. 1680", circa 1903; print from 2005.34.124 in the collection of Captain Richard C. Mears (1829-1899); copy of an original painting depicting Father Hennepin at the falls of St. Anthony; printed on front "HENNEPIN AT THE FALLS OF ST. ANTHONY, A.D. 1680"; printed on back (above dividing line) "THE SINGER TAPESTRIES/ Illustrating the Exploration of the Mississippi Valley/ This picture from the original painted/ for the Singer Manufacturing Com-/ pany, by Mr. J.N. Marchand, has been/ beautifully reproduced in silk stitching on/ bolting cloth, in size 4 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet,/ all the work being done on a Singer Sewing/ Machine, without special attachment of any/ kind./ It is a wonderful example of woman's/ work on a sewing machine and is one of/ five similar tapestries illustrating the dis-/ coveries by the Spanish and French in the/ Mississippi Valley during the 16th and 17th/ Centuries. The description of this subject/ is taken from Parkman's History, as follows:/ Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony, A.D. 1680/ 'Being tired of the indians, Hennepin became/ anxious to set out for the Wisconsin to find the/ party of Frenchmen, real or imaginary, who were/ to meet him at that place. Du Gay wished to go/ with him. A small birch-canoe was given to the two/ adventurers, together with an earthen pot; and they/ had also between them a gun, a knife and a robe of beaver skin. Thus equipped, they began their jour-/ ney, and soon approached the Falls of St. Anthony,/ so named by Hennepin in honor of the inevitable/ St. Anthony of Padua. Beside the falls now stands/ a city, which, by an ingenious combination of Greek/ and Sioux languages, has recieved the name of Min-/ neapolis, or 'City of the Waters.' '"; printed on back (below dividing line) "THE XXTH CENTURY SEWING MACHINE/ New Model Just Out/ Singer/ "66"/ Have/You/Seen/It?/ Have/You/Tried/It?"
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