Object Details

image
Image courtesy of Winterthur Museum

Elizabeth Graham, n.d.

Sampler Archive ID: SA000304
Maker: Elizabeth Graham
Maker Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: Alexandria, Virginia
Year Made: Unknown
Decade Made: 1800-1809
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 2008.0057
Contributor: Winterthur Museum


Physical Characteristics

Object type: Map or Globe
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Wide rectangle
Object Dimensions: 18.70 H x 27.80 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 28.00 H x 36.70 W (inches)
Borders: None
Decorative Bands: None
Dividing Lines: None
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Place name, Date, Other, Explanations of map, memorial to George Washington
Text medium: Stitched Handwritten
          Plan
      of the City of
        Washington
    in the Territory of Columbia
     ceded by the States of
     VIRGINIA and MARYLAND
             to the
     United States of America
    and by them established as the 
    Seat of their GOVERNMENT
          After the Year
              MDCCC
    GEORGE WASHINGTON
the President of the United States
and LIEUTENANT GENERAL of the 
American Armies
Died at Mount Vernon 14th Dec 1799 Aged 68 years
PART OF VIRGINIA WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF COLUMBIA

Lat Capitol 38:53 N
Long         0.0

       OBSERVATIONS
     explanatory of the
           PLAN

I The positions for the different Edifices and for the
   Several Squares or Areas of different shapes, as they are laid
   down, were first determined on the most advantageous ground,
   commanding the most extensive prospects, and the better susceptible
   of such improvements as either use or ornament may hereafter call for.

II LINES or Avenues of direct communication have been devised
   to connect the separate and most distant objects with in the principal,
   and to preserve through the whole a reciprocity of sight at the same time
   Attention has been paid to the passing of these leading Avenues over the
   most favorable ground for prospect and convenience

III NORTH and South lines intersected by others running due East and
    West make the distribution of the City into Streets, Squares etc and those lines have been so central as is most certain given
    points with their divergent Avenues so as to form on the spaces   
   "first determined" the different
Squares or Areas.

SCALE OF POLES
PART OF MARYLAND WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF COLUMBIA

Breadth of the Streets

THE grand Avenues and such Streets as lead immediately to public 
places are from 130 to 150 feet wide and may be conveniently divided
into foot ways walks of trees and a carriage way. The Streets
are from 90 to 110 feet wide
In order to execute this plan Mr. ELLIOTT drew a true meridianal
line by a celestial observation which passes through the Area intended for the
Capitol this line he crossed by another due East and West which passes through
the same Area. These lines were accurately measured and made the basis on
which the whole plan was executed. He ran all the lines by a Transit Instru
ment and determined the Acute Angles by actual measurement and left
nothing to the uncertainty of the Compass
Motifs/Symbols: Architectural, Floral and plant, Human figure, Human made object, map of the District of Columbia
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground:
Ground Condition: Wear:
Cleanliness:
Loss:
Thread:
Thread Colors Front:
Thread Condition:
Other Materials: Paint, Ink
Stitch Types: Long and short
Thread Count: Vertical:
Horizontal:

Maker History

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

Sources for unlinked items are coming soon.
Birth Name:
Family attribution; Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Birthdate:
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Birth Location:
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
County: unknown
State Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Death Date:
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Death Location:
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 64
Religion:
Married in St. John's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, MD
Parents:
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Birth: Death: 1803
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Allen,Columbia's Daughters, page 63
Marriages:
Children:
Ann RosensteelBirth: Death:

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Fowler family
Relation to maker: uncertain

Name: Ruth McLaine and Family
Relation to maker: uncertain

Conservation:
Exhibitions:
Literature:

Author(s): Martin Bruckner
Title: Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience
Publication/Publisher: Antiques and Fine Art
Date: 2013

Author(s): Gloria Seaman Allen
Title: Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia
Publication/Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company
Date: 2012

Related Objects

Coming Soon