C. Merrill (Charity Noyes Merrill)
Silk Embroidered Memorial
Falmouth, ME c.1807
This beautiful embroidery depicts a young woman in mourning as she leans against an urn and pedestal. A leafy
vine encircles the urn as a graceful willow arches over head. Another tree crosses the willow's trunk. The
monument is inscribed in "printwork" (extremely fine black stitches) Sacred/ to the memory of/ Miss
Mary Merrill/ who died Jan'y 29th 1807/ aged 21 years, and written in ink, Can we sustain the loss of such
a friend Without the hope that we shall meet again?
Charity Noyes Merrill (1796-1876) was one of six children born to, first cousins, James Merrill (1761-1854) and
Salome Merrill (1765-1847). Charity married Jeremiah Merrill, does that raise your eyebrows? Well her next older
and next younger sisters also both married Merrills. We don't know if the three sisters married close relatives
or not but they, along with their parents, certainly made family reunions confusing.
Extensive and intriguing research accompanies this needlework memorial.
Provenance: Collection of Dan and Marty Campanili.
Silk thread and ink on silk; 18" x 15 ½" in original frame and eulogized glass.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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