Pillow Sham; McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]; 1900-1927; MT2014.9.5

Name/Title

Pillow Sham

About this object

Pillow Sham; Rectangular white cotton sham with crochet front featuring a rose in each corner. The back is made from self embroidered cotton and it is edged with crochet. It was made by Miss Elizabeth (Bessie) McGowan. Bessie McGowan was one of 6 daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McGowan of Gowan Brae, Mataura. Because of ill health, needlework was her life's interest, and she was encouraged by her family to enter her work in many different shows. In 1926 she won the silver cup for the most talented needle worker at the Dunedin Exhibition. Bessie died in 1927, aged 46.

Maker

McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]

Maker Role

Needle worker

Date Made

1900-1927

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Medium and Materials

processed material, fibre,cotton

Technique

embroidered

Measurements

l 630mm x w 480mm
large

Subject and Association Keywords

household textiles

Subject and Association Description

MT2014.9.1 there is a photo of Bessie's embroidery that was in the Dunedin Exhibition, as well as notes about her.

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

textiles

Object number

MT2014.9.5

Rights

All rights reserved

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