Embroidered sampler

Rebekah S. Munro American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 727

This sampler is in a slightly later style associated with Miss Balch's school. The formal archway in Mary Munro's sampler has been replaced by a gently meandering border (1984.331.12). Both girls used the motto that encourages young women to adorn their minds. Rebekah's verse goes on to say that a young woman should divide her time between reading, sewing, and writing, an indication that by the end of the eighteenth century, some families considered intellectual pursuits as important as sewing.

Embroidered sampler, Rebekah S. Munro (1780–1803), Silk embroidery on linen, American

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