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(CURIOSITY MAP). Luckman, Lucy. A Map of America 1789. Large silk embroidered map of North and South America. 19 1/4x21 1/2 inches sight; period frame 21x23 1/4 inches; various discolorations, vertical split at right and other small weakenings of the base fabric. [England?, after 1789]
A brilliant "schoolgirl map" in the unusual medium of silk embroidery. The meticulous threadwork outlines North and South America and a dense representation of French Polynesia wholly teeming with stitched toponyms. Relating some possible context to the artist of this unique work, the 1797 Gentleman's Magazine announces the marriage of a Lucy Luckman to printer and bookseller W. Suffield, Coventry.