Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Embroidered sampler

Maker:
Embroidered by Julia Ann Fitch (born 1792)
Date:
1807
Geography:
Made in Hatfield, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk on linen
Dimensions:
18 x 15 3/4 in. (45.7 x 40 cm) Framed: 22 in. × 19 1/4 in. × 1 1/4 in. (55.9 × 48.9 × 3.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.466
Not on view
This exquisite Federal pictorial family record has much to say about the ideals of the young country and the importance of educating women. The beautifully worked center reserve depicts a woman reading a book sitting under a unique architectural structure—an outdoor pavilion with a round domed roof, draped and curtained sides, and a checkerboard floor.
Purchased recently by the dealer from a collector, who had purchased elsewhere, not directly from the maker's family. No further provenance known.
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