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  • Embroidered Sampler, 1807
    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.

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    Embroidered Sampler, 1807
    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)


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