Object Details

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Sarah Wistar, 1752 (1)

Sampler Archive ID: SA000236
Maker: Sarah Wistar
Maker Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: 13-15 years
Place Made: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
School/Teacher:Ann Marsh's School
Year Made: 1752
Decade Made: 1750-1759
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1964.0120.001
Object Credit: Museum purchase
Contributor: Winterthur Museum


Physical Characteristics

Object type: Embroidered Picture or Scene
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 9.50 H x 7.00 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 11.70 H x 9.25 W (inches)
Borders: None
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: , , Transfer of ownership, on backboard
Text medium: Handwritten
The gift of Sarah Wistar to her great Neice [sic]
Catharine Wistar  1789  Worked in the year 1752
Motifs/Symbols: Animals, Birds and insects, Floral and plant
Scenes/Pictures: Domestic, house & yard, Bird in a tree with a rabbit on the ground underneath. Lots of flowers.
Ground: Unsure
Ground Condition: Wear:
Cleanliness:
Loss:
Thread: Unsure
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Red, Tan, White, Yellow
Thread Condition: Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: Unsure, possible bead for bird's eye
Stitch Types: Knotted, Long and short, Stem, Straight
Thread Count: Vertical:
Horizontal:

Maker History

Sources for the following information may be viewed by clicking on the links."

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Birth Name:
family genealogy information written on backboard of object
Birthdate:
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Caspar Wistar, Emigrant in 1717 - by Richard Wistar Davids, 1896. Also, U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935. And, Ancestry.com family records online
Birth Location:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
County: U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
State U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Death Date:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935; Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Also, A Genealogy of the Desce
Death Location:
Religion:
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
Parents:
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Caspar Wistar, Emigrant in 1717 - by Richard Wistar Davids, 1896
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Caspar Wistar, Emigrant in 1717 - by Richard Wistar Davids, 1896. Also, Ancestry.com Boehm Family Record
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Caspar Wistar, Emigrant in 1717 - by Richard Wistar Davids, 1896. Also, Ancestry.com Boehm Family Record
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Caspar Wistar, Emigrant in 1717 - by Richard Wistar Davids, 1896
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Caspar Wistar, Emigrant in 1717 - by Richard Wistar Davids, 1896
Ancestry.com Boehm Family Record
Marriages:
Children:

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Catharine Wistar
Relation to maker: great niece

Name: Fanny Wistar Scott
Relation to maker: uncertainNone

Conservation:

Conservator: Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE
Date:
Actions:
Other actions: The picture and backboard were interleaved with wool flannel to protect the silkwork from the wood. Genealogical information was inscribed on the backboard.

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

Literature:

Author(s): Linda Eaton
Title: Needlework and Their Frames: Multimedia Objects
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Primer, Antiques and Fine Art, p. 268
Date: 2014

Author(s): Jack L. Lindsey
Title: Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758
Publication/Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art, p. 224.
Date: 1999

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

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and their Needlework 1650-1850
Publication/Publisher: Curious Works Press, p. 82
Date: 1995

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and Their Needlework 1700-1850
Publication/Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, p. 80
Date: 1977

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