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

Description

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.

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