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Artist, school of: Susanna Rowson’s Academy

Mourning Embroidery

ca. 1799

Silk thread, silk, watercolor, paper

Textile, sight: 21 1/4 × 16 in. (53.98 × 40.64 cm) Framed: 24 3/4 × 19 1/2 in. (62.87 × 49.53 cm)
Gift of Elizabeth Ames class of 1979 in loving memory of Margaret A. Ames
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Not on view
18th century

Ex-Collection Margaret Ames.
Eric and Carol Nordell, Northville, Michigan, 18 August 1983.
Sotheby's New York, 1 February 1978, lot 208.
Ronald A. DeSilva, 1977.


Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 68, 357, pl. 46.

Robert Shaw and Jane Katcher, The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America, exh. cat. (Cooperstown, N.Y.: Fenimore Art Museum, 2016), 52, no. 7.

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