late 18th–early 19th century
Catherine Kelly (British)

Object Place: Britian


53.4 x 32 cm (21 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Embroidered with a great variety of stitches with inscriptions in cross stitch, cotton plain weave ground, loosely woven; delicate border of angular strawberry vine, flower filled basket flanked by eight pointed stars at top, three flower filled baskets lower center, plants and flowers and small geometric forms in interspaces, in upper half: “Easter Day-if Angels sung a SAVIOUR’S Birth on that auspicious Morn, Then let us imitate their mirth Now he again be born. Himself he humbled to the Grave made Flesh like us, To shew That we as certainly shall have A Resurrection too. Lower part: “Catharine Kelly’s sampler finished this 28 day of March Aged 16 Years, 1765.” Date altered.


Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Moore and Miss Mary Magoun Brown to MFA, 1950

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Moore, and Miss Mary Magoun Brown, in memory of their mother, Mrs. John Crosby Brown