Skinner's Auctions, sale 845, lot 242, September 24, 1982.
American Needlwork Treasures: Samplers and Silk embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 103, fig. 168)
Unlike the majority of memorials worked at Saint Joseph's Academy, the building in the background was possibly derived from a print or a drawing book. The embroiderer was probably Sarah or Ellen Lindsay, who attended the academy in 1828, or Sarah Lindsay, who was enrolled in 1831-1832. The early enrollment records do not include parents' names or home locations.
Bright colors; sound silk ground; selvage edge visible at bottom; retains handsome gilded frame with William Shermer Philadelphia label on the back. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.