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Embroidered Sampler

Maker:
Rebekah White (1753–1823)
Date:
1766
Geography:
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Embroidered silk on linen
Dimensions:
16 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (41.9 x 43.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.331.8
Not on view
The pastoral courting scene embroidered beneath the lettering on this sampler relates to the more formal tent-stitch needlework pictures created by Boston girls during this decade. Salem samplers are characterized by long filling stitches made from untwisted silk floss. This early sampler is one of a small group made in the school of an unknown teacher who may have introduced this technique, which remained popular in Salem into the nineteenth century.
Inscription: inscribed in upper center: [2 full alphabets, 2 partial alphabets]; inscribed in lower center: Rebekah White Wroug /ht This in The 13th Ye /ar of Her Age 1766
Barbara Schiff Sinauer, New York, died 1984
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