Object Details

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Priscilla Allen, 1746

Sampler Archive ID: SA000234
Maker: Priscilla Allen
Maker Birthplace: Portland, Cumberland County, Maine
Maker Age: 16-18 years
Place Made: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Year Made: 1746
Decade Made: 1740-1749
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1962.0588
Object Credit: Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont
Contributor: Winterthur Museum


Physical Characteristics

Object type: Embroidered Picture or Scene
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 20.50 H x 14.70 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: H x W (inches)
Borders: None
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Place name, Date, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
PRISCILLA ALLEN DAUGHTER TO MR BENIAMIN ALLEN AND M[RS] ELISBETH ALLEN BOSTON JULY THE 20 1746
Motifs/Symbols: Animals, Architectural, Birds and insects, Celestial, Floral and plant, Human figure, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: Landscape, Domestic, house & yard
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Cleanliness:
Loss:
Thread: Silk Wool
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Red, Rust, White
Thread Condition: Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Knotted, Tent, Back
Thread Count: Vertical: 21
Horizontal: 22

Maker History

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Birth Name:
object
Birthdate:
Ancestry.com Ayers Family Tree
Birth Location:
Ancestry.com Ayers Family Tree
County: Ancestry.com Ayers Family Tree
State Ancestry.com Ayers Family Tree
Death Date:
tombstone
Death Location:
cemetery records
Religion:
daughter of a Protestant minister, married a minster
Parents:
Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910
http://capecodgenes.com/web%20cards/ps01/ps01_395.html.
Ancestors of Amyntas Shaw and His Wife Lucy Tufts Williams, Showing Mayflower Lines Never Before Published from Myles Standish, John Alden, William Mullines and Thomas Rogers
object, Ancestors of Amyntas Shaw and His Wife Lucy Tufts Williams, Showing Mayflower Lines Never Before Published from Myles Standish, John Alden, William Mullines and Thomas Rogers.
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
tombstone
Marriages:
Spouse:
Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907
Birth:
Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
Death:
tombstone
Date:
Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907
Place:
Children:
Benjamin Allen UphamBirth: Feb. 5, 1756Death: 1794
Achsah Jordan (adopted niece)Birth: c. 1745Death: 1801

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Henry Francis du Pont
Relation to maker: none

Conservation:
Exhibitions: Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework
Host: Winterthur Museum
Location: Winterthur, DE
Date: Oct. 8, 2005 – Jan. 22, 2006

Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework from the Winterthur Collection
Host: Concord Museum
Location: Concord, MA
Date: Oct. 3, 2006 – Jan. 7, 2007

Title: Winterthur Museum Permanent Display
Host: Winterthur Museum
Location: Winterthur, DE
Date: ongoing

Literature:

Author(s): Pamela A. Parmal
Title: Women's Work: Embroidery in Colonial Boston
Publication/Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, p. 85
Date: 2012

Author(s): Winterthur Museum
Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Museum (exhibition catalog)
Date: 2005

Author(s): Linda Eaton
Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Magazine, p. 13.
Date: Fall 2005

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and their Needlework 1650-1850
Publication/Publisher: Curious Works Press, p. 62
Date: 1995

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850, Vol. I
Publication/Publisher: A. A. Knopf, p. 46
Date: 1993

Author(s): Nancy Graves Cabot
Title: Engravings and Embroideries, The Source of Some Designs in the Fishing Lady Picture
Publication/Publisher: The Magazine Antiques, 40 (6), pp. 367-369
Date: 1941

Author(s): Nancy Graves Cabot
Title: The Fishing Lady and Boston Common
Publication/Publisher: The Magazine Antiques, 40 (1), pp. 28-31.
Date: 1941

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