Sampler

American
early 19th century


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

59.1 x 46.2 cm (23 1/4 x 18 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

33.325

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

The alphabet is repeated several times, with Arabic numerals, and a verse beginning “Lord what is life tis like a flower”, and these words, partly destroyed, “Wrought by XX At Miss Halls School, Boston XX”, below which are two pyramidal tombstones, on one Abigail on the other Caroline Augusta. Framed by conventional floral border. The design is worked in cross stitch, eyelet stitch, and a little satin stitch with several shades of green, yellow, pink, blue and a little black silk.

Provenance

Gift of William S. Rumrill to MFA, 1933

Credit Line

Gift of William S. Rumrill