Mourning embroidery

About 1807

Object Place: Boston, Massachusets, USA


62 x 58.3 cm (24 7/16 x 22 15/16 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave embroidered with silk; ink and pigment

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Mourning embroidery with woman standing under willow tree to left of tomb, large tree to right, cypress or popular trees in background, flowers in foreground. On face of tomb: “SACRED to the Memory of Nathaniel Austin OB 11 May 1807 AE 43 YRs.” Silk floss and chenille yarns embroidered on silk plain weave ground; sky, woman’s head and hands painted. Painted glass with gold inscription on black border: “SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF NATHANIEL AUSTIN./THE SWEET REMEMBRANCE OF THE JUST/SHALL FOURISH WHILST THEY SLEEP IN DUST.” Original gilt-wood frame. Good condition.

Credit Line

Bequest of Marion Austin Greene