660
660
Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture, Eliza Davis, St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland, circa 1826
Estimate
12,00018,000
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660
Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture, Eliza Davis, St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland, circa 1826
Estimate
12,00018,000
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Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture, Eliza Davis, St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland, circa 1826

Worked in silk and chenille stitches on a painted and inked ground, inscribed on the glass and on the plinth: ELIZA DAVIS, In Memory of Thomas Andrew Davis...

Glass has been replaced.


Height 18 in. by width 21 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Mrs. Charles A. Perlitz, 1968.

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 102, fig. 166)

Catalogue Note

This is typical of a large group of memorials worked at Saint Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg during the 1820s and 1830s. This Catholic girls' school was established in 1809 by Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton of New York, and it continued as Saint Joseph College until 1972 (see ANTIQUES, March 1978, pp. 590-599). Eliza Ann Davis was the daughter of Thomas Andrew Davis (1780-1822) of Charles County,
Maryland.

Elizabeth Ann Davis (1811-1827) was the oldest of six children born to Thomas Andrew Davis (1780-1822) and his second wife Elizabeth Grace Ward (unknown-1869).  The inscription on Elizabeth Ann Davis' tomb reads, "ELIZABETH ANN DAVIS/ Obit/ 31st August AD 1827/ Age 16/ Placed here by maternal love/ and respect to the memory of/ a dearly beloved Daughter./ Sleep on my child and wait/ the Almighty's will.  Then rise/ unchanged & be an angel still." (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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