Attack Scene

Attack Scene

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In the 20th century, women’s hobbies included embroidery techniques such as needlepoint, crewel, and silk embroidery.
This unfinished companion piece to "The Legend of Czar Saltan," still on its frame made by Cornelius V. S. Roosevelt. It portrays the "attack scene" from the legend. (see Eleanor Roosevelt’s embroidery of the legend.) The golden cockerel has attacked the Czar, knocked his crown off his head and is pecking his head. The cockerel's embroidery is finished, the Czar's head is partially embroidered, with hair, eye and blood drops finished. The remainder of the picture is drawn on the fabric. The picture consists of a circle which included the Czar's head, part of the crown and the cockerel. The ground is linen and the threads are silk and metallic. The stitches are laid and couched, outline, stem, split.
Eleanor Butler Alexander was born on December 26, 1888, to Henry and Grace Green Alexander in New York city. She married Theodore Roosevelt II (1887-1944) on 20 June 1910, and they had four children: Grace, Theodore III, Cornelius V. S. and Quentin. She died on May 29, 1960, at Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York.
Object Name
unfinished embroidered picture
Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler Alexander
place made
United States: New York, Oyster Bay
Physical Description
silk (thread material)
metallic (thread material)
overall: 29 in x 31 in; 73.66 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Embroidered Pictures
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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