Friday, April 17, 2009
..."This is a silk-embroidered mourning picture that was made in South Hadley, Massachusetts, at the Abby Wright School. Abby Wright was a schoolmistress who had a school for the education of young girls, where she taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, and also skill with needle and thread. And that school operated from 1803 to 1811. And as you can see, we have a combination of media and techniques here. There's painting on silk, there's stitchery on silk, but what is the key characteristic of Abby Wright is this coiled silver thread, which adorns the three urns on top of this monument. And this was probably made for a family, because Abby Wright stopped teaching school in 1811, so that would have been too early..."