Catherine Silver Smith (English)

Object Place: Portsmouth, England


43.5 x 33 cm (17 1/8 x 13 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Embroidered largely in cross stitch with some tent, rococo, and other canvas stitches, two side borders minute vine bearing trefoil blossoms, upper border minute angular strawberry vine, lower border angular vine bearing variety of conventionalized blossoms, horizontal bands of ornaments including stylized vine, alternating hearts and cupids wearing crowns and flying draperies, in center a heart with inscription: “Catharine Silver Smith Her work Jan. 14, 1801 aged 11 years Portsmouth,” heart flanked by angels blowing trumpets and sun and moon, lower portion central tree with Adam and Eve, flanking birds, trees, plants, serpent, and lion, inscription: “The serpent beguiled me and I did eat, ” in upper portion between ornamental rose the inscription: “All you my Friends who now exPect to fee A Piece of Work thats thus Performed by me Caft but A Smile at this my mean Endeavour Ill Strive to mend and be obedient ever. When Life is gone And death is come Then well are they That well have done.” Stitches: chain, counted satin, cross, eyelet, Roumanian, satin, sawtooth, tent. A few small holes, a few stains.


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