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Region: East Tennessee
1848 Mary Henly
Miss Mitchell and Miss Melville?, Teacher
Jonesborough Female Academy?
Embreeville, Washington Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

1118"V x 1318"H © TSS 202
fibers: watercolor, pen and ink
ground: paper
Mary Henly (1829-1887) was one of the daughters of Isaac Henly and Elizabeth (Betsey) Bayless. Her father was a veteran of the War of 1812 and a farmer in Embreeville near Jonesborough, Washington County. Mary made her theorem at the Jonesborough Female Academy which was founded in 1833. “Misses Mitchell and Melville of Edinburg, Scotland, (late of Abingdon, Va.)” were the superintendents. Drawing and painting cost an extra $10.00 per session. Mary wed William J. Hunt in 1850, and the couple lived on a farm near the Henly property. They had one child, William H. Hunt.
A theorem is a stencil painted on velvet or watercolor. Students often chose between embroidery and painting for their extracurricular classes.