Embroidered Picture

Maker: Mary Wright (1740–1829)

Maker: Possibly Sarah Osborn's School

Date: ca. 1754

Geography: Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Linen embroidered with wool and silk thread

Dimensions: 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (19.4 x 19.4 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1946

Accession Number: 46.155


At age fourteen Mary Wright, the only child of a prosperous farmer and brickyard owner in Middletown, Connecticut, was sent to school in Newport. In the mid-eighteenth century few schools in Connecticut taught more than the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. In order to gain the necessary feminine accomplishments, well-to-do girls were usually sent to either Boston or Newport. While at school Mary completed at least two needlework pictures based on engravings depicting the four seasons.