Mourning Sampler

A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk floss in tent, cross, long and a mixture of stem, whip and couching stitches.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk floss in tent, cross, long and a mixture of stem, whip and couching stitches.

Date:

c. 1815

Artist:

Made by the Smith and Humphreys Families
Miss Field's School
United States, Massachusetts, Boston

About this artwork

The two figures in this sampler mourn the deaths of Hannah (Phipps) Smith (1763–1813) and her grandson William Smith Humphreys (1810–1811), the son of Catherine Smith Humphreys (1786–?) and George Humphreys, who married in Boston in 1804. It was made by an unidentified member of either the Smith or Humphreys families. The death of George Washington in 1799 gave rise to a number of mourning or memorial embroideries in honor of the first president. This led to the popularity of embroidered mourning or memorial works dedicated to departed family members, and they became a fashionable way to express grief and remembrance.

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Artist

Smith Family

Title

Mourning Sampler

Origin

Massachusetts

Date

1805–1825

Medium

Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk floss in tent, cross, long and a mixture of stem, whip and couching stitches

Dimensions

50.2 x 53.7 cm (19 3/4 x 21 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Barbara Notz Hines Memorial Fund; Elizabeth M. Schultz Endowment

Reference Number

2008.134

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