- In the 20th century, women’s hobbies included embroidery techniques such as needlepoint and crewel.
- This rectangular canvas work depicts a "Sea Beast." Thirty-seven kneeling sea creatures with fishlike tails are on the shore, with a three-spired pavilion with sea horse banners on each spire. There is a sea beast's head and two more sections of his serpent-like body rising from the waters. At the top upper right are the initials EBR 1935. The ground is cotton canvas. The threads are tapestry wool in shades of brown from beige to chocolate and the stitches are half cross and tent.
- According to a family member, “Sea Beast” is based upon a painting made by a friend of Eleanor’s who was a medium.
- Eleanor Butler Alexander was born on December 26, 1888, in New York City to Henry and Grace Green Alexander. She married Theodore Roosevelt II on June 20, 1910. They had four children: Grace, Theodore III, Cornelius V. S., and Quentin. She died on May 29, 1960, in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- embroidery, picture
- date made
- Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler Alexander
- place made
- United States: New York
- Physical Description
- cotton (ground material)
- wool (thread material)
- overall: 25 1/4 in x 36 in; 64.135 cm x 91.44 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Mr and Mrs. Sidney de la Rue
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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