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


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.