Lessons Learned: American Schoolgirl Embroideries

From November 23, 2014 — May 10, 2015

Discover samplers and silk embroideries made by schoolgirls from Maryland and other East Coast states during the 18th and 19th centuries, which were displayed by families as showpieces to advertise their daughters' accomplishments.

From opulent to understated, the works provide a glimpse into early American life, depicting landscapes, still lifes, tributes to national heroes, and literary and biblical scenes.

One elaborate work depicts the interior of King Solomon's palace and imperial trappings of the Queen of Sheba's entourage in silk, metallic threads, sequins, and glass gems.

This exhibition marks the return of the Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery, located within the renovated American Wing.

Curated by

Anita Jones, Curator of Textiles

An embroidery featuring a home, some birds and some butterflies.

Anna Henrie. Sampler with House and Landscape. 1840. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation, Inc., BMA 1958.32