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Embroidered Sampler

Maker:
Mary Munro (born 1776)
Date:
1788
Geography:
Made in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Embroidered silk on linen
Dimensions:
13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (34.3 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.331.14
Not on view
Mary Munro was a student at Miss Balch's School (1785–1847/8), the best-known girls' academy in Providence. Samplers like this one and later silk-embroidered needlework pictures made by Mary Balch's students form the largest body of schoolgirl needlework that can be attributed to a specific school. Although Miss Balch's school is not actually named in stitching on any examples, some say "Providence," and accurate depictions of well-known buildings in the city appear on others.
Inscription: inscribed in upper center: With / sheba's queen ye / american fair to adorn your / mind bend all your care; inscribed in lower center: MARY MUNRO'S / Work done in / Providence
Barbara Schiff Sinauer, New York, died 1984
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