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Sampler

Artist/Maker:
Hill, Maria
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1810
Medium:
silk on linen
Dimensions:
HOA 21; WOA 21 3/4
Accession Number:
2616
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Silk on linen sampler; floral vine surrounds the whole; three lines of the alphabet at top; below alphabet is cross stitched: “Maria Hill’s sampler Salem Boarding School 1810”; in the center is a verse enclosed in border; verse is: “Mark well this truth and seriously attend/ The silent lesson of a constant friend/ since time and life speed hastily away/ And no one can recall the former day/ Improve each fleeting hour before tis past/ And know each fleeting hour may be thy last”; motifs include wellhouse, tree, flower, birds.

Conserved: Summer 1998 refer to file for information regarding repair and conservation.

History:
LABEL NOTES: Maria Hill attended Salem Girls Boarding school from October 12, 1808 to October 10, 1810. She was the daughter of Thomas and Susanna Hill from near Wilmington, NC. She was born May 22, 1799.

Maria Hill (b. 1797) attended Salem Girls Boarding School between October 12, 1808 and October 10, 1810. She was the daughter of Thomas and Susanna Hill who lived near Wilmington, North Carolina. Correspondence between her father and the Inspector suggests that she may not have been the strongest student academically, but that “her conduct is agreeable” and she is “attentive & assiduous & this makes it up.” JMB 10/14

Credit Line:
Gift of William G. Head