Object Details

Image courtesy of Winterthur Museum

Dorothy Cotton, n.d.

Sampler Archive ID: SA000222
Maker: Dorothy Cotton
Maker Birthplace: Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: probably Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Year Made: Unknown
Decade Made: 1670-1679
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1958.2230
Object Credit: Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont
Contributor: Winterthur Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Embroidered Picture or Scene, Canvaswork
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 8.87 H x 10.30 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 11.50 H x 13.20 W (inches)
Borders: None
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal initials
Text medium: Stitched
Motifs/Symbols: Animals, Birds and insects, Celestial, Floral and plant, Human figure
Scenes/Pictures: Landscape
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Wool
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Pink, Red, Tan, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Borders: Moderate loss
Symbols: Moderate loss
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Tent
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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Birth Name:
family history
cemetery records
Birth Location:
Biography of father, Seaborn Cotton
County: cemetery records
State cemetery records
Death Date:
cemetery records
Death Location:
cemetery records
father was a Protestant minister
U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
family history
cemetery records
Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947
U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
Birth: 1653Death:
cemetery records
Date: before 1694Place:
U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Henry Francis du Pont
Relation to maker: none

Exhibitions: Title: Who's Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework
Host: Winterthur Museum
Location: Winterthur, DE
Date: Oct. 4, 2008 – Aug. 7, 2009


Author(s): Winterthur Museum
Title: Who's Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Museum (exhibition catalog)
Date: 2008

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