(Description taken from Betty Ring's auction catalogue Januarary 2012 at Sotheby's)
RARE EMBROIDERED AND PAINTED SILK MOURNING PICTURE, ELIZA
DAVIS, ST. JOSEPH'S ACADEMY, EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND, CIRCA 1826
Worked in silk and chenille stitches on a painted and inked ground, inscribed on the glass and on the plinth: ELIZA
DAVIS, In Memory of Thomas Andrew Davis...
Glass has been replaced.
Height 18 in. by width 21 1/2 in.
Mrs. Charles A. Perlitz, 1968.
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of
American Folk Art (p. 102, fig. 166)
This is typical of a large group of memorials worked at Saint Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg during the 1820s and
1830s. This Catholic girls' school was established in 1809 by Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton of New York, and it continued
as Saint Joseph College until 1972 (see ANTIQUES, March 1978, pp. 590-599). Eliza Ann Davis was the
daughter of Thomas Andrew Davis (1780-1822) of Charles County, Maryland. Elizabeth Ann Davis (1811-1827) was the
oldest of six children born to Thomas Andrew Davis (1780-1822) and his second wife Elizabeth Grace Ward (unknown-1869).
The inscription on Elizabeth Ann Davis' tomb reads, "ELIZABETH ANN DAVIS/ Obit/ 31st August AD 1827/ Age 16/
Placed here by maternal love/ and respect to the memory of/ a dearly beloved Daughter./ Sleep on my child and wait/
the Almighty's will. Then rise/ unchanged & be an angel still." (Additional information provided by Carol
and Stephen Huber).
ESTIMATE with 25% buyers premium $15,000 - $22,500
Special Offering: Sold
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