Memorial Embroidery

Object Number: 
ca. 1814
Silk, metal
Overall: 19 x 20 1/2 in. ( 48.3 x 52.1 cm )
handwritten: upper right corner of backing: "By Eliza Kortwright (Mrs. Nicholas Cruger) / made at 29 Broadway N.Y.C. 1820"
Needlework picture in various colors of silk floss and blue metallic spangles on silk ground; the central image depicts an urn on top of a memorial, set upon a floating outdoor ground, framed on top with arching garland and below with two cornucopia ribboned together in the center and overflowing with fruit, flowers and once-bearded wheat; stitches include satin, straight, outline, outline and knots.
Gallery Label: 
Eliza Kortright (1802-1882) entered the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies June 6, 1814. She was the daughter of John Kortright (d. 1810) and Catherine Seaman Kortright (1774-1861). Her father's sister was the wife of President James Monroe, and her mother later married Henry Brockholst Livingston, Judge of the U.S. Supreme Court. Eliza married Nicholas Cruger.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Rev. Gouverneur Cruger
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group