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Friar of Orders Gray - Silk Embroidery from Huber

Narcissa Sewall
Mrs. Rowson’s Academy
Newton, MA 1806

This beautiful embroidered picture has a hand written poem on the back, The Friar of Orders Gray, and is inscribed: Wrought at Mrs. Rowson’s Academy, Newton 1806 by Narcissa Sewall. It depicts a wandering young lady seeking her missing young flaxen hair blue eyed lover. Unknown to her he has become a Friar making a vow of chastity and poverty but is still in a one year trial period. She encounters a Friar and enquires about her young lover, he responds “He is dead and in his grave”.

Her grief, her love, and dedication is so persuasive that the Friar is swayed to break his vows and reveals he is her missing lover and saves them both from - living long lives of longing.

Narcissa was from a prominent Maine family, born in York, ME in 1791, the daughter of Daniel Sewall and Dorcas Bartlett. She worked this embroidery at aged 15. At age 55, she married Benjamin Bourne as his 3rd wife.

Silk, mica, and paint; 11 ¾ x 12 ¼ sight - 12 x 15 ¾ glass - 14 ½ x 18 ¼ frame


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