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


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.