Priscilla Hall Badger
Portsmouth, NH 1818
Priscilla, at age 13, stitched this classic “house and barn” sampler while attending Elizabeth S. Smith’s school
on Vaughn Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This is the earliest-known dated sampler within the “house and barn”
group with examples dating from 1818 to 1840.
Priscilla Hall Badger (1805-1842) was the second oldest of seven children born to John Badger (a stove dealer in
Portsmouth, NH) and Elizabeth Pierce. Priscilla married Dr. Brackett Hutchings in 1831. Priscilla died in 1842
at aged 37 and Dr. Hutchings married Priscilla’s younger sister Elizabeth in 1843.
Published in Girlhood Embroidery by Betty Ring and New England Samplers to 1840 by Glee Krueger.
Provenance: Bunny Mellon collection.
Silk on linsey-woolsey; 15 3/8” x 20 ¾” sight.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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