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

Newport sampler from Huber by Ingraham

Lydia Melvill Ingraham
Newport, RI 1764

This extremely rare antique sampler is one of only six known from Newport, RI worked in this format. It features a central stylized tall brick building with three young ladies looking out the windows flanked with trees, leaping stags, hounds, and squirrels along with alphabet, verses, and inscriptions all surrounded with a flowering vine and saw tooth border. It is inscribed:"Lydia Melvill Ingraham Her Samplar Work In The Leventh Year Of Her age" and "The Pinks Will fade and The Tulip Weather but a virtuous mind will bloom forever" and "LMI 1764". Lydia probably attended Sarah Osborn’s School in Newport.

Lydia (c.1751-1824) was born in Newport, RI to Timothy Ingraham (1724-1794) of Bristol, MA and Mary West (1721-abt 1784) Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, They were married in 1746 in Newport where Timothy helped found the “Newport Association of Mechanics and Manufacturers”.

Lydia was baptized at Trinity Church, NewPort, RI in 1753. In 1771, she married Mayflower descendant Job Winslow (1747-?) of Dartmouth, MA and they had one child. They later moved to Pierrepoint, NY.

Silk on linen; 19 1/2” x 22” sight.


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