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
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.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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