Memorial to Metcalf and Samuel Bowler, Miss Balch's Boarding and Day School (Providence, Rhode Island), Silk embroidered with chenille and silk threads, American

Memorial to Metcalf and Samuel Bowler

Maker:
Miss Balch's Boarding and Day School (Providence, Rhode Island)
Maker:
Probably by Amy Harris Bowler (American, 1789–1870)
Date:
ca. 1800
Geography:
Made in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk embroidered with chenille and silk threads
Dimensions:
13 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (33.7 x 36.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.16
Not on view
This memorial is typical of those worked at Mary Balch’s School in the early nineteenth century. The silken willow leaves were skillfully shaded to create a shimmering effect, and the inscriptions were embroidered in the finest black silk. It was likely executed by Amy Harris Bowler in memory of her grandfather, Metcalf, and father, Samuel.
Inscription: inscribed on tomb: Metcalf Bowler, died Sept. 19 / 1789 AEta[t] 63 [y]ears / Samue[l] B. Bowler died in St. / Eustatia May 13 1[7] 90 A[e]tat 25