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Mourning Needlework

Artist/Maker:
White, Mary Calloway
Place Made:
Prince Edward County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1834
Medium:
silk on linen
Dimensions:
HOA: 28 5/8; WOA: 16 13/16
Accession Number:
3199
Description:
Mourning sampler with geometrical vine of flowers and leaves surrounding interior scene with a willow tree hanging over a pedestal with an urn and a woman in a black dress in grief to the right of the pedestal.
History:
This Sampler was worked by Mary Calloway White in Jamestown (Prince Edward County) Va. It is dated November 22, 1834. Mary White probably produced this sampler while attending the girls school in Prince Edward County of which her father, Mr. William White (1776-1842) was the head master. The school was opened in 1817, in the charge of Mrs. Mary R. Cowardin, and was the first girl’s school in the county.
Credit Line:
Given in memory of Armistead Linwood Whitlock