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Hundreds of schools and academies sprang up after the American Revolution. Teachers and writers saw important differences between men and women and believed that young women should not be taught all of the same subjects as young men. In addition to grammar, arithmetic, history and geography, proper subjects for young women included embroidery, painting, music and map drawing. Caroline Stebbins made this silk-on-silk embroidery of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. She went to Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, from 1804-07. The 5 dollars her proud father paid for the frame for her embroidery cost the same as half a year of what he paid for her to attend the Academy in 1807.


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Embroidery of Mount Vernon

artisan   Caroline (Stebbins) Sheldon (1789-1865)
date   c. 1807
height   13.25"
width   16.875"
process/materials   embroidered silk on silk
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1893.07.21

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