Embroidered Sampler, Maria Lalor, Silk embroidery on linen, American

Embroidered Sampler

Maker:
Maria Lalor
Date:
1793
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk embroidery on linen
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (14 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Elizabeth M. Riley, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.100
Not on view
Miniature samplers, like this charming example, are fairly unusual. This type of simple sampler was undertaken by a little girl, usually younger than age ten. Possibly made at a "dame school," its purpose was to help the child learn letters and numbers as well as basic embroidery skills. The motto would have been considered an appropriately modest and feminine sentiment.
Inscription: [upper and lower case alphabets and numbers 1-10]; Maria. Lalor. Her / sampler. New. York / March 3 1793. Motto: Virtue and Wisdom is / Better than Beauty and / Fortune.
Elizabeth Riley, until 1993