Object Details

Image courtesy of DAR Museum

Julia Ann Crowley, 1813

Sampler Archive ID: SA000155
Maker: Julia Ann Crowley
Maker Birthplace: Probably Alexandria, Virginia
Maker Age: 13-15 years
Place Made: Washington, District of Columbia
Year Made: 1813
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: DAR Museum
Accession Number: 63.11
Object Credit: Gift of Mildred Brothers
Contributor: DAR Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler, Embroidered Picture or Scene
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 19.00 H x 17.50 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 23.00 H x 21.50 W (inches)
Borders: 2
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: 1
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Place name, Date, Verse, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
Oh virtue! thou daughter of grace.
Come dwell in my bosom for guest.
And banish foul vice from that place.
In which thou intendest to rest.
Oh come thou delight of my heart.
Deny not thy visit to me.
I'll supplicate GOD on my part.
To increase my attention to thee.
Julia Ann Crowley
Washington City the 14th of April, 1813.
Motifs/Symbols: Architectural, Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: Landscape
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Blue, Green, Pink, Tan, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Satin, Around front door and transom.
Thread Count: Vertical: 34
Horizontal: 34

Maker History

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Birth Name:
letter written in 1925 by family member
Birth Location:
City: Probably Alexandria
County: unknown
State: Virginia
Death Date:
letter written in 1925 by family member
Death Location:
letter written in 1925 by family member
family letter written in 1925
Alexandria and Arlington County Records Index, Wesley E. Pippenser 2011
letter written in 1925 by family member, Mead family tree on MyHeritage.com
District of Columbia Estate records 1801-c1852
Historical Court Records of Washington District of Columbia Vol 3
Birth: Death:
Historical Court Records of Washington District of Columbia Vol 3
Historical Court Records of Washington District of Columbia Vol 3
Mary FittenBirth: 1821Death: 1863
William Horation FittenBirth: 1823Death: 1887
Margaret FittenBirth: 1826Death: 1881
Nelson FittenBirth: 1828Death: 1887
Mary FittenBirth: 1821Death: 1863
Margaret FittenBirth: 1826Death: 1881

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Margaret Fitton
Relation to maker: daughter

Name: William Gates
Relation to maker: grandson

Name: Gertrude Ansola
Relation to maker: great granddaughter

Name: Mildred Brothers [Mrs. W.W. Brothers]
Relation to maker: great great niece


Conservator: Cynthia Gompert
Actions: cleaned, mounted on acid-free board

Exhibitions: Title: Samplers: Skills and Sentiments
Host: University Hospital Antiques Show
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Apr. 23, 1979 – Apr. 28, 1979

Title: Small Folk, A Celebration of Childhood in America
Host: New York Historical Society & Museum of American Folk Art
Location: New York City, NY
Date: Nov. 12, 1980 - Feb. 18, 1981

Title: The Capital Image: Painting and Painters in Washington, D.C., 1800-1915
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Sep. 30, 1983 – Jan. 22, 1984

Title: Generations II
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Apr., 1985 – Sep., 1985

Title: A Few of Our Favorite Things
Host: DAR Musuem
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Nov., 1987 – Jul., 1988

Title: The Bowknot as Decorative Motif
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Feb. 26, 1990 – Sep. 2, 1990

Title: Magnificent Intentions: Decorative Arts of the District of Columbia (1791-1861)
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Sep. 30, 1991 – Apr. 30, 1992

Title: Southern City, National Ambition: The Growth of Early Washington, DC, 1800-1860
Host: The Octagon House
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Oct. 1, 1995 – Feb. 15, 1996

Title: Youth is the Time for Progress: The Importance of American Schoolgirl Art, 1780-1860
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Dec. 5, 1997 – May 4, 1998

Title: Telling Their Stories: 19th Century Samplers and Silk Needlework
Host: DAR Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Apr. 11, 2008 – Aug. 30, 2008


Author(s): Gloria Seaman Allen
Title: Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia
Publication/Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company
Date: 2013

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

Author(s): Olive Blair Graffam
Title: Needlework in the District of Columbia 1800-1850
Publication/Publisher: Historic Alexandria Antiques Show Catalog
Date: 1994

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850, Vol. II
Publication/Publisher: A. A. Knopf
Date: 1993

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: Samplers and Silk Embrodieries of Portland, Maine
Publication/Publisher: The Magazine Antiques, 134, pp. 492, 512-525
Date: 1988

Author(s): Wendy Lavitt
Title: American Textiles
Date: 1987

Author(s): Anne Sebba
Title: Samplers: Five Centuries of a Gentle Craft
Publication/Publisher: London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Date: 1979

Author(s): Elizabeth Donaghy Garrett
Title: American Samplers and Needlework Pictures in the DAR Museum Part II: 1806-1840
Publication/Publisher: The Magazine Antiques, pp. 699-701
Date: Apr. 1975

Author(s): Molly Sommerville
Title: In Washington
Date: 1965

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