Needlepoint after Henry Raeburn’s Boy and Rabbit


Definitely vintage, possibly antique, this needlepoint work after Henry Raeburn’s (1756-1823) "Boy and Rabbit," measures 13.75" x 11". It is suitable for framing or to create a pillow. The piece does have wear around the edges.

The boy is Raeburn's godson and step-grandson Henry Raeburn Inglis. The child was deaf and unable to speak. According to the Royal Academy of Arts (, "When the artwork was on loan to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow in 2018, curators worked with deaf guides to help craft an interpretation panel which explained that 'looking after an animal can help people feel calm. There are no communication barriers with animals, and so close friendships can be formed.' Despite society’s limited understanding of deafness and disabilities in the early 19th century, Inglis succeeded in following his godfather into art, studying at Trustees Academy in Edinburgh."

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