2012.0024.192 A Sampler, B Frame
  • 2012.0024.192 A Sampler, B Frame
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Sampler (Verse sampler)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Needlework)

  • Creator (Role):

    Ruth Ann Foster (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Secondary Place of Origin:

    New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Materials:

    Linen; Silk

  • Techniques:

    Embroidered, Woven (plain)

  • Museum Object Number:

    2012.0024.192 A, B


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Object Number

2012.0024.192 A, B

Object Name

Sampler (Verse sampler)

Category

Textiles (Needlework)

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Davison B. Hawthorne

Creator (Role)

Ruth Ann Foster (Maker)
1822-1863
Research conducted by Gloria Allen, August 24, 2013: Ruth Ann Foster (1822-1863) Winterthur 2012.24.192 1822 – born St. Georges, New Castle, to Charles Foster (1799-1861), postmaster and tavern manager, and Sarah Streets (1801-1868), who married in 1822 and had nine children with Ruth Ann, the eldest 1834? – Ruth Ann stitched her sampler at age twelve at a nearby school in Middletown 1850 – married David Charles Rose (1823-1901), Cantwell’s Bridge, New Castle 1850 – residence, Cantwell’s Bridge, two children; Sarah [Sally] E. Rose born in 1847, at least two years before parents’ marriage, Truman Rose born in 1850 1860 – residence, Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle, four children living [six born in all]; David a farmer with three laborers 1861 – Charles Foster died 1863 – Ruth Ann Foster Rose died at age 40, Appoquinimink Hundred 1868 – Sarah Streets Foster died 1870 – David Rose remarried prior to 1870 and had children by second wife, Martha; continued to farm in Appoquinimink Hundred

Place of Origin

New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Secondary Place of Origin

New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; ; Below is an 8-line verse worked between two large floral motifs. The verse, worked in brown (may have been black) threads, reads: "With anxious thoughts my bosom heav'd, / When I this piece began, / Resolving it should finish'd be, / Upon the neatest plan! / How far in this I did succeed, / You, reader, will decide, / As your opinion is the tes[t], / By which I must abide. / Ruth Ann Foster aged 12 years Middletown July the 4th."

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Embroidered, Woven (plain)

Construction Description

Hand-embroidered

Dimensions (inches)

17.375 (L) , 17.25 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

44.133 (L) , 43.815 (W)

Measurement Notes

Above dimensions refer to area visible within the frame. Frame measurements: H: 22 3/4 inches; W: 22 3/4 inches; D: 1 3/4 inches

Object Description

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