Sampler

American
Colonial
1739
Anne Wing (American, born 1726)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Height x width: 12 5/16 x 8 1/16 in. (31.2 x 20.4 cm) (Maximum)

Accession Number

77.150

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk in reversible cross, eyelet, satin, couching, herringbone, running, and speckling

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Unbleached plain weave linen sampler embroidered with silk. Inscribed “Ann Wing is my Name and New England is my Nation, Boston is my Dwelling Place and Christ is my Salvation. When I am dead and all my bones are rotten, When this you see Remember me and never let me be Forgotten.”; “A. W. wrought this Aged thirteen 1739.” Below this “One did commend me to a Wife both Fair and Young, That had French, Spanish and Italian tongue. I thanked him kindly and told him I loved none such, For I thought one tongue for A Wife too much. What love ye not the Learned? Yes as my Life, A Learned Schollar but not a Learned Wife.” Orignally edged with green silk ribbon.

Provenance

Bequest of Dr. W. W. Morland to MFA, 1877

Credit Line

Bequest of Dr. W. W. Morland