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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Canterbury, NH sampler from Huber
Abigail Foster
Canterbury, NH dated 1800

This extremely graphic sampler worked by Abigail Foster exhibits typical Canterbury-style motifs including baskets of flowers, hillocks, birds, and exquisitely developed flowering vine borders. It is inscribed, “Abigail Foster her sampler wrought in the/ twenty fourth year of her age 1800 A * d”. At age twenty-four she was probably teaching. Her next younger sister Ruth, who is listed in Betty Ring’s book Girlhood Embroidery as a teacher, worked an almost identical sampler at age 25 in c.1804.

Abigail was one of 9 children born to Daniel Foster (1737-1833) and Hannah Kittredge. Abigail, at age 38, married Jeremiah Pickard as his second wife in 1814. In 1817 at age 41 she died, 37 days after giving birth to their only child Elizabeth.

The incredible samplers from Canterbury, NH are all the more intriguing when one realizes that it was a public school and not an expensive private academy. This example represents one of the finest from the school.

Silk on linen; 15 ¾’ x 16” sight, 18 ½” x 16 ¾” framed.


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