A good and large sailor's woolwork or 'woolie' of a three masted frigate, with 'all flags flying' including the Royal Standard of Queen Victoria 1837-1901. I think it can be assumed that this ship was part of an inspection of the fleet at which the Queen was present.
Worked in both wool and silk (the flags) the detail and use of stitches is excellent on this piece. The standard is very finely worked, and the clouds outlined in chain stitch provide a three dimensional effect. Please also note the fine metal thread used for the netting on the hull and the gun placements each depicted by a metallic bead, secured with metallic thread.
British Folk Art school c1850.
In period rosewood frame, under glass.
Sight: 23" x 20.5” (58cm x 52cm)
Frame: 29.5” " x 27” (75cm x 68cm)
See our article on woolworks for a little more background