American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 105, fig. 171)
The ships are painted, but all the buildings are embroidered. Although the schoolgirl needlework era was essentially over by 1840, Catholic schools were among the last to relinquish earlier teaching traditions. Mary Connolly (b. 1831) of Quebec City entered the convent as a half-boarder in 1842 and attended as a full-boarder from 1847 to 1849. Her married name was Trembley. Mary's classmate, Elizabeth Galbraith, worked an almost identical piece (see Christie's Fine American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts, January 23,1982, Lot 204).
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