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Embroidered sampler

Mary Austin (born 1773)
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Silk on linen, embroidered
12 1/2 x 10 in. (31.8 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard, 1953
Accession Number:
Not on view
Mary Austin attended one of the many schools that flourished in Salem in the late eighteenth century. At one time, all samplers stitched with long stitches in unraveled silk thread were considered the work of girls who had studied at Mrs. Sarah Stivour's School (1778-88), since that was the only Salem school ever named in samplers. Recent research, however, has proven that the affluent families of Salem supported many schools that helped teach their daughters the arts of refinement.
Inscription: inscribed in upper center: [three alphabets]; inscribed in lower center: MArY Austin Her SAMPLEr / Work In ThE 12 YEAr OF / MY A[ge] of SALEM 1784
Mrs. Screven Lorillard, until 1953
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