Object Details

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Martha Gray, 1779

Sampler Archive ID: SA000140
Maker: Martha Gray
Maker Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: 7-9 years
Place Made: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Year Made: 1779
Decade Made: 1770-1779
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 3976
Object Credit: Gift of Mrs. C. Edward Murray
Contributor: DAR Museum


Physical Characteristics

Object type: Embroidered Picture or Scene, Needlepoint
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Wide rectangle
Object Dimensions: 7.50 H x 10.00 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 12.70 H x 15.00 W (inches)
Borders: None
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Date, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
Martha Gray June ye 7th 1779
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: stitched on open hole canvas, not woven fabric
Ground Condition: Wear:
Cleanliness:
Loss:
Thread: Wool
Thread Colors Front: Green, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Slight loss
Text: Intact
Symbols: Slight loss
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Tent
Thread Count: Vertical:
Horizontal:

Maker History

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Birth Name:
object
Birthdate:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Birth Location:
City: Philadelphia
County: Philadelphia
State: Pennsylvania
Death Date:
cemetery records
Death Location:
cemetery records
Religion:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Parents:
Extract of the journal of Amercan History VolXII pg 1049-1052 "The Life of Martha Ibbetson Gray"
Extract of the journal of Amercan History VolXII pg 1049-1052 "The Life of Martha Ibbetson Gray"
Extract of the journal of Amercan History VolXII pg 1049-1052 "The Life of Martha Ibbetson Gray"
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Geography Vol XI Philadelphia 1887
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
DAR lineage
Marriages:
Spouse:
Pennsylvania Marriage records 1700-1821
Birth:
cemetery records Saint James of Kingsessing Churchyard Philadelphia, PA
Death:
Cemetery records, Saint James of Kingsessing Churchyard Philadelphia, PA
Date:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Children:
Mary ThomasBirth: Mar. 15, 1793Death: Jan. 18, 1884
Evan ThomasBirth: 1796Death: 1838
George ThomasBirth: Oct. 5, 1798Death: Mar. 9, 1854
Samuel ThomasBirth: 1803Death: Feb. 17, 1864

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Mrs. C. Edward Murray
Relation to maker: uncertain

Conservation:

Conservator: Clarissa Palmi
Date: 1974
Actions:
Other actions: wet cleaned and framed

Exhibitions: Title: Crafting a Nation
Host: Washington Antiques Show (Washington, D.C.)
Date: 1/5/1987-1/12/1987

Title: In the Style of the Signers: The Decorative Arts of Philadelphia."
Host: DAR Museum
Date: 3/23/1987-7/5/1987

Title: Youth is the Time for Progress": The Importance of American Schoolgirl Art, 1780-1860.
Host: DAR Museum
Date: 12/5/1997-5/4/1998

Title: Home and Country: Quilts and Samplers from the DAR Museum Collection
Host: DAR Museum
Date: 10/8/2004-2/26/2005

Literature:

Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: Sister Stitch
Publication/Publisher: American Spirit Magazine, 142, p. 7
Date: Mar./Apr. 2008

Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: Schoolgirl Art at the DAR Museum
Publication/Publisher: American Needlepoint Guild, Inc.
Date: Mar. 2004

Author(s): Gloria Seaman Allen
Title: Young Misses Often Mark Their Names With Care: Samplers at The DAR Museum
Publication/Publisher: American Spirit Magazine
Date: 1987

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