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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
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