Embroidered Sampler

Rebekah White American

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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.

Embroidered Sampler, Rebekah White (1753–1823), Silk embroidery on linen, American

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