Hannah Trecothick (American, 1724–1807)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Height x width: 18 1/8 x 9 in. (46 x 22.8 cm) (Maximum)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



At the top are a series of three decorative borders. Below are two long panels, the one on the left containing the Lord’s Prayer worked with green silk, then a row of small diamonds worked with yellow, blue, pink, green and white silk followed by these words also worked with green silk: “Hannah Trecothick is my Name, and with my Needle I wrought the same and if the work woman had been better She would have mended Every Letter. Boston, New England, December ye Anno Domini 1738.” On the right is the Creed worked with pink silk. Below is a band of animals, small trees, and flowering plants also worked with colored silk. Most of the work is done in cross and satin stitch with very small isolated sections and parts of figures in darning or running stitch, back stich, and whip stitch.


Gift of Miss Emily D. Chapman to MFA, 1925

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Emily D. Chapman