Thomas Waterman Wood (1823–1903)
Threading a Needle, c. 1870
Oil on canvas, 10 x 12 in.
Signed upper left: T. W. Wood
Exhibited: Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, Massachusetts, July-September 2008.
Note: This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné written by Paul Worman for the T. W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont.
In Threading a Needle, an elderly lady sits with a pair of socks on her lap; large holes and frayed ends indicate that they badly need mending. Probably compensating for an unsteady hand, she furrows her brow and bites her lip in concentration as she peers through her eyeglasses to thread a needle. A pair of scissors and a ball of thread hang from her waist by a ribbon.