Object Details

Image courtesy of DAR Museum

Mary Elizabeth Fearson, n.d.

Sampler Archive ID: SA000202
Maker: Mary Elizabeth Fearson
Maker Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: Washington, District of Colombia
School/Teacher:Miss Boote's Seminary Georgetown
Year Made: Unknown
Decade Made: 1840-1849
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 91.291
Object Credit: Museum purchase William H. Bunch Auctioneer
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 21.20 H x 17.50 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 25.00 H x 20.70 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: 11
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Place name, Date, Verse, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
Behold fond youth that busy bee
How swift she flies from tree to tree
Extracting flowry sweets
Thus cheerful all the day she'll roam
At evening seek her much lov'd home
To treasure all she meets
Full well she knows that winter keen
Must come to blast this painted scene
With famine on its wing
Her prudent labours find repose
Nor winter cold nor want she knows
Till time renews the spring
Mary Elizabeth Fearson's
__  years
Worked at Miss Bootes's
Seminary Georgetown
Nov 23rd 18__
Motifs/Symbols: Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Blue, Green, Pink, Tan, White
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Four sided, Long arm cross, Queen or rococo, Rice
Thread Count: Vertical: 34
Horizontal: 34

Maker History

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Birth Name:
Georgetown Genealogy website
Birth Location:
family history, census records 1850
County: unknown
State family history, census records 1850
Death Date:
Death Location:
newspaper records
District of Columbia Marriages, 1811- 1950
cemetary records
tombstone, Georgetown Courier newspaper death notices
marriage records
family history
DC marriage records
DC Marriage records
Frederick Fearson JonesBirth: Dec. 18, 1858Death: Dec. 18, 1858

Object History

Previous Owners:

Conservator: Cynthia Gompert
Date: 1991
Actions: mounted on acid-free board, reframed

Exhibitions: Title: Youth is the Time for Progress: The Importance of American Schoolgirl Art, 1780-1860
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Dec. 5, 1997 – May 4, 1998


Author(s): Gloria Seaman Allen
Title: Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia
Publication/Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company
Date: 2013

Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: Youth is the Time for Progress: The Importance Of American Schoolgirl Art, 1780-1860
Publication/Publisher: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Date: 1998

Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: An Important Branch of Female Education: Needlework in the District of Columbia 1800-1850
Publication/Publisher: Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalog, pp. 44-49
Date: 1994

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