Pin prick pictures with watercolour

Pin prick pictures with watercolour

Both pictures probably show pilgrims travelling to a site of religious significance.
Pin prick pictures were seen as a genteel way for young ladies to pass their time. The design was first drawn on watercolour paper (of high rag content) and then a variety of different sized needles were used to prick holes through from the back, creating the design. The picture was painted with watercolour prior to pricking.
Very little is known of the history of pin prick pictures apart from that they were popular in continental Europe from the late 17th, early 18th century. They very often embellished devotional canivet (cut paper) artworks created by nuns and monks. The additional embellishment of watercolour faces and features was popular around the 1780s. They may have been produced as souvenirs at religious pilgrimage or popular tourist spots throughout the 18th century.