Embroidered Sampler. Maker: Mary Waine (born 1783); Date: ca. 1795; Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Culture: American;

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Embroidered Sampler. Maker: Mary Waine (born 1783); Date: ca. 1795; Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Culture: American; Medium: Embroidered silk on linen; Dimensions: 20 1/2 x 18 in. (52.1 x 45.7 cm); Classification: Textiles; Credit Line: Bequest of Flora E. Whiting, 1971 / The sentiment expressed in the motto on this freely designed sampler illustrates the attitude, pervasive in the eighteenth century, that female education was necessary only to provide something for a woman to fall back on in the unlikely event that all other options for support failed. Most of the middle- and upper-class girls who made samplers would never have to work outside the home to support themselves, so the poor (by today´s standards) academic training they received seemed perfectly adequate for their expected futures as wives, mothers, and homemakers.; Inscription: at bottom: When Friends is dead and money spent Learning is most Excellent / Mary Waine her Work Aged 12 1795; Provenance: Flora E. Whiting, until 1971