Mary Munro (American)
Miss Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island
Silk on linen; 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (34.29 x 26.04 cm)
Inscribed: With / sheba's queen ye / american fair to adorn your / mind bend all your care / MARY MUNRO'S / Work done in / Providence
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984 (1984.331.14)
Mary Munro was a student at Miss Balch's School (17851847/8), the best-known girls' academy in Providence. Samplers like this one and later silk-embroidered needlework pictures made by Mary Balch's students form the largest body of schoolgirl needlework that can be attributed to a specific school. Although Miss Balch's school is not actually named in stitching on any examples, some say "Providence," and accurate depictions of well-known buildings in the city appear on others.