Julia Ann Fitch (American, 1791–?)
Silk on linen
18 x 15 3/4 in. (45.7 x 40 cm)
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2010 (2010.466)
The central image of this family-record sampler made by Julia Ann Fitch of Hatfield, Massachusetts, features a seated young lady reading a book, which surely comments on the much-debated topic of the day: education for women. Thirteen circles surround the center oval; most contain the names and dates of Julia Ann's immediate family members. She also demonstrated her patriotism: one of the lower circles pays homage to George Washington's life and recent death in 1799, and another displays the birth date of the new nation.