GALATEA and ELICO
Philadelphia, PA c.1810
The pastoral romance novel "Galatea" is the subject of this anonymous needlework picture
designed by Samuel Folwell.
In Greek mythology Galatea is represented as a female figure sculpted in stone by Pygmalion.
As the heroine of the novel "Galatea" by Miguel de Cevantes (1547-1616), (also the author of Don Quixote),
she has captured the hearts of all the shepherds. The book was translated into French by M. Le Chavalier de Florian
and later into English by Mr. Robinson, and became a very popular novel with young ladies studying literature in
the early 19th century. The scene in this needlework depicts Elico, who is madly in love with her, offering food
to one of her sheep while she tries to intervene.
The print, by Charles Knight, London, 1788, on which this composition is based bears the quote, "Why punish
your Sheep, when it is me you wish to chastise?"
Silk and watercolor on linen; 23" x 29 1/2" framed.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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